Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Nepal plane crash: 50 people killed at Kathmandu airport

Nepal plane crash: 50 people killed at Kathmandu airport

A passenger plane owned by a joint Bangladeshi-U.S. firm has crashed in Kathmandu, Nepal, catching on fire after careening off the runway.

The injured were taken to Norvic Hospital in Thapathali and to Army Hospital in Kathmandu, Chettri added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed his condolences to the families of those that have lost their lives in the incident and wished speedy recovery for the survivors under treatment.

He has promised an immediate investigation.

Montreal-based Bombardier is awaiting the causes of two deadly crashes over the past couple of days involving its commercial and business planes.

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"I was seated near the window and was able to break out of the window", he added. "It touched down the ground just next to a parked plane and ploughed through a fence on the east side of the airport, and plunged into the lower ground", said Chhetri. "I have received injuries to my head and legs but I am fortunate that I survived the ordeal", as reported by The Kathmandu Post.

The flight is asked if the runway is in sight, to which the pilot replies, "Negative". The plane was carrying 71 passengers when it changed direction on the runway. The authorities also told a news conference the pilot descended from a route opposite to the one assigned by air traffic controllers.

"There were wrong directions from the tower".

US-Bangla Airlines, a private carrier based in Bangladesh, set up a hotline for information on the fate of those aboard its Flight BS211. The alignment of the plane was not properly adjusted for landing.

The airport's general manager, Raj Kumar Chetri, says the pilot of the plane didn't follow landing instructions from the control tower, and the plane "was not properly aligned with the runway".

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By 5 p.m., as the sun was sinking into the haze, a procession of 16 ambulances, one right after the other, zoomed away from the crash site.

Nepal s poor air safety record is largely blamed on inadequate maintenance and substandard management. Its airline companies are banned from flying within the European Union. Just two months earlier, a Thai Airways aircraft crashed near the same airport, killing 113 people.

It is Nepal s only global airport and experts say the mountainous landscape with the towering Himalayas to the north poses difficulties for pilots coming in to land.

Airline spokesperson Kamrul Islam said 33 of the passengers were Nepali, 32 were Bangladeshi, one was Chinese and one from the Maldives.

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