US-Bangla airlines aircraft crashes at Kathmandu airport

News Desk 2018-03-12 15:52:42

A US-Bangla airlines aircraft crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday (12 March).

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.

Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said 25 injured passengers have been rescued and sent to different hospitals for treatment. TIA said there were 37 males, 27 females and two child onboard the aircraft.

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 side of the runway over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” said Gautam suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches. “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he added.

According to TIA spokesperson PremNath Thakur, the 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA. The aircraft with call sign S2-AGU took off from Dhaka and landed at TIA at 2:20 pm.

Rescue team of TIA and Nepal Army personnel have been engaged in rescue operation.

All flights in and out of TIA have been cancelled following the crash.

March 12, 2018