50 people feared dead after a US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashes at Kathmandu airport

The plane, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, with 67 passengers and four crew members caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near the airport, TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur said. 

Kathmandu:

Over 50 people are feared dead after a US-Bangla Airlines aircraft today crashed and caught fire at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) here, a top Nepalese official said. It is also said that more than 20 injured were taken to Kathmandu Medical College for treatment of which seven were brought dead at the hospital. The remaining are undergoing treatment for serious burn injuries. 

 

A Bangladesh airline passenger aircraft crashed while descending at Nepal's Kathmandu airport on Monday, an airport official said. 

 

The plane, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, with 67 passengers and four crew members caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near the airport, TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur said. 

 

"We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited," airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said. 

 

The aircraft with call sign S2-AGU took off from Dhaka and landed at TIA at 2:20 pm. 

 

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity said the plane appeared to have caught fire just before it landed and skidded to a stop in a field beside the runway.


An employee who answered the phone at the US-Bangla offices in Dhaka said no one was available to talk. 

 

``I have no other details,'' said the employee, who refused to give his name. ``But a bad incident has happened.'' 

 

Minutes after the incident, Twitter was flooded with posts showing images of smoke spiralling out of the plane on the football field. 

About the airline 

US-Bangla Airlines is one Bangladesh's leading private airlines. It operates domestic flights from Dhaka to Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Jessore, Sylhet, Saidpur, Rajshahi, Barisal and international flights from Dhaka to Kolkata, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Doha and Muscat. It also operates from Chittagong to Kolkata, Doha and Muscat. 

 

The airlines started its operations in  July 17, 2014. 


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