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Plane carrying 67 passengers crashes at Kathmandu's worldwide airport

13 March, 2018, 11:58 | Author: Shawna Walton
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Police spokesman Manoj Neupane told AFP that at least 50 bodies were retrieved from the wreckage, whil another 21 people were injured.

Authorities in Nepal have confirmed that a plane crash at Kathmandu airport has left 49 people dead.

Gen. Gokul Bhandari, the Nepal army spokesman, said it was clear that at least 50 people had died.

Nepalese aviation officer Caan Sanjiv Gautam said the plane looked "out of control" when it attempted to land.

US-Bangla Airlines chief executive Bimran Asif said a misunderstanding between the control tower at Kathmandu airport and the pilot might have caused the accident.

Thick plumes of smoke could be seen from the aircraft at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

The plane landed at 14:20 local time, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

The President of Russian Federation passed on words of sympathy and support to the victims' families and wished a speedy recovery to all those injured, said a message received from Moscow.

The Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry said 25 Bangladeshi nationals were identified among the deceased. He told the Kathmandu Post that he was seated near the window and was able to break the window. Of the 67 passengers, 32 were from Bangladesh, 33 were from Nepal, one was from China and another was from the Maldives.

Less than a minute later the pilot said he was ready to land from the south, and the controller repeated that, clearing the plane to land from the south.

Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and other politicos rushed to the spot and conveyed their condolence.

Shradha Giri, who on board a plane on a nearby runway with her daughter, told the BBC: "There was a lot of chaos out there, lot of security personnel running towards it, a lot of ambulances and fire trucks approaching the site where it had crashed".

Its poor air safety record has been blamed largely on inadequate maintenance, inexperienced pilots and substandard management.

"It was flying so low I thought it was going to run into the mountains", Ms Summers, who watched the crash from the terrace of her home office, not far from the airport, said.

In 1992, all 113 people aboard were killed when a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land in Kathmandu.

The 17-year-old plane had circled Tribhuvan International Airport twice as it waited for clearance to land, a company official said.

There has been a series of accidents at Kathmandu's airport in the past.


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