Bangladeshi aircraft crash in Nepal killing at least 50: 2nd tragedy in 24h

March 12, 2018 5:56 pm


At least 50 persons were feared dead after a Bangladeshi airliner suffered a crash  while landing at Tribhuvan International airport in Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Monday afternoon.

On Sunday another aircraft accident in Iran took the lives of 11, when a jet plane carrying a group of young Turkish females fell for yet unknown reasons.

According to the airport officials, US-Bangla Airlines, a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier, approached the runway from a wrong direction and immediately burst into flames, after hitting the land.

It was identified as Flight BS 211 that was flying from Dhaka (Bangladesh capital) to Kathmandu.

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Probing a technical glitch

Director general of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Sanjiv Gautam expressed suspicion over a technical glitch in the aircraft.

“The aircraft was permitted to land from the southern side of the runway flying over Koteshwor but it landed from the northern side. There could be a technical issue but we are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” an Indian English language daily quoted Gautam.

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Tracking the crash

According to the flight tracking website FlightRadar24, US-Bangla flight made a crashed landing at 14:20 local time (08:35 GMT).

The plane was carrying 67 passengers and four crew members.

Out of the passengers, 33 were Nepalese, 32 were Bangladeshis while one each was from China and Maldives.

However, airport authorities did not disclose the nationality of the crew members.

The plane was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, which the company describes as ‘the world’s most modern turboprop’ and it was 17 years old.

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Notorious past

Though the exact cause of the crash was not immediately clear but authorities did not rule out the possibility of an engine failure or other technical snag.

However, mountainous Nepal is notorious for aircraft accidents in the past. In one of the deadliest accident, Thai Airways flight, coming from Bangkok had crashed while landing, killing all 113 passengers on board in 1992.

In the meantime, the Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has assured an immediate investigation.

 

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Alkesh Sharma
By Alkesh Sharma