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49 dead as US-Bangla Airline plane crashes at Kathmandu airport

 
49 dead as plane crashes at Kathmandu airport in Nepal
At least 49 people died when  a US-Bangla Airline aircraft, operating flight BS 211 from Dhaka, crashed and burst into flames after touching down at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, this afternoon, official sources said.
 
The 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft was carrying 71 people -- 67 passengers and four members of crew -- and was on a flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh when it veered off the runway while landing and crashed onto a football ground near the airport at about 2.18 pm local time, they said.
 
The sources said 31 bodies were extricated from the wreckage of the aircraft while 18 others were declared dead in hospitals.
 
As many as 22 passengers were taken to various hospitals in Kathmandu for treatment, local media reports quoted Nepal Police spokesperson, Deputy Inspector General Manoj Neupane, as saying.
 
The reports quoted TIA officials as saying that those on board the aircraft included 37 men, 27 women and two children. As many as 33 of the passengers were Nepalis.
 
Officials told local mediapersons that the aircraft was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway. 
 
“The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” one of them said, adding that the reason for the unusual landing was yet to be ascertained.
 
Rescue teams from TIA and Nepal Army personnel rushed to the scene and launched rescue efforts.
 
All flights to and from TIA were cancelled for the time being following the crash.
 
Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery for the survivors. He said the Government would investigate the incident.
 
Mr. Oli as well as other leaders and the Ambassador of Bangladesh in Nepal visited the scene of the accident to take stock of the situation.
 
US-Bangla Airlines is a privately owned Bangladeshi airline headquartered in Dhaka. It is a subsidiary of US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint venture company.
 
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