Bangladeshi Plane with 71 Passengers Crashes at Kathmandu in Nepal

Bangladeshi Plane with 71 Passengers Crashes at Kathmandu in Nepal

There were 71 people on the aircraft, including 67 passengers and four crew members. The plane crashed at 2:18 pm local time.

While a crash investigation report is awaited from the investigation commission set up by the government, it can be said from the tape archive and the eyewitness account that the Bombardier aircraft was doing an unexpected manoeuvre flying that low over the worldwide airport.

Five people who hired a private helicopter for sunset sightseeing met a fatal accident as chopper plunged into the East River after developing a technical snag.

"A three-minute conversation between the pilot and the air traffic control before the landing indicated that they sent wrong signal to the pilot", he told reporters in Dhaka.

Back in 1992, there were two wide-body Airbus crashes in the nearby mountains, one of Thai International and another of PIA.

Nepali rescue workers gather around the debris of an airplane that crashed near the worldwide airport in Kathmandu on 12 March 2018.

"We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing".

The passengers were mainly Nepalese and Bangladeshi with one from China and one from the Maldives, Tribhuvan International Airport general manager Raj Kumar Chhetri told CNN.

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"Certainly each accident is isolated to its own circumstances so it would be inappropriate to comment on any links between or just assume or speculate while both investigations are ongoing", Masluch said in a separate interview.

Basanta Bohara, a Nepali tour operator, said the almost two-hour flight from Bangladesh's capital was uneventful until the plane began to wobble on its descent into Kathmandu, hitting a field near the airport and catching fire.

Rescue workers and soldiers from Nepal's army were called in to help assist survivors out of the wreckage amid thick smoke, shutting down the airport for several hours on Monday before operations reopened.

The plane swerved repeatedly as it prepared to land in Kathmandu, said Amanda Summers, an American working in Nepal. "All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast".

The US-Bangla Airlines flight from Dhaka "made an unexpected turn in cloudy weather as it came in to land" on Monday afternoon, Reuters reports.

It is a subsidiary of US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint venture company.

Manoj Nepune, the Kathmandu Police spokesperson confirmed over the phone that 14 people among the dead were of Nepalese nationality.

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