US-Bangla aircraft crashes in Kathmandu; 17 passengers rescued

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US-Bangla aircraft crashes in Kathmandu; 17 passengers rescued.

An aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of the Himalayan country on Monday.

Md Kamrul Islam, General Manager (GM), Marketing Support and PR of US-Bangla Airlines, confirmed about the accident.

US-Bangla aircraft crashes in Kathmandu

Further details of the crash are still awaited.

The aircraft reportedly left Dhaka at 12:30pm which was scheduled to arrive at 2:15 pm.

The plane can reportedly carry 78 passengers and firefighters were at the scene trying to extinguish a fire, BBC reported quoting local news site My Republica.

US-Bangla aircraft crashes in Kathmandu.

The plane from US-Bangla, a Bangladeshi airline, went off the runway while landing and crashed on the east side of Tribhuvan International Airport’s runway, the Kathmandu Post reported.

US-Bangla aircraft crashes in Kathmandu; 17 passengers rescued.

An airport spokesperson told the paper that many casualties were feared.

The plane was identified in local media as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, but this has not been officially confirmed yet.

US-Bangla aircraft crashes in Kathmandu.

The flight landed at TIA airport, also known as Kathmandu International Airport, at 14:20 local time (08:35 GMT), according to flight tracking website.

Photos and video posted on social media showed smoke rising from an airport runway.

US-Bangla aircraft crashes in Kathmandu; 17 passengers rescued.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway.

“The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern tip of the runway flying over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” Gautam told Kathmandu Post suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches.

US-Bangla aircraft crashes in Kathmandu; 17 passengers rescued

“We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he added.

According to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur, the 76-seater Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA.

The private carrier US-Bangla Airlines spread its wings beyond the Bangladeshi airspace on May 15 in 2016 with its maiden international flight to Kathmandu. It operates Dhaka-Kathmandu flights four times a week.

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