Passenger Plane Crashes At Nepal Airport; Dozens Of Injuries Reported

Passenger Plane Crashes At Nepal Airport; Dozens Of Injuries Reported

Passenger Plane Crashes At Nepal Airport; Dozens Of Injuries Reported

The Q-400 has sustained several landing gear incidents over the years but this is just the second crash of the aircraft resulting in death.

Bangladeshi media said a plane carrying relatives of the dead and injured had left Dhaka airport early Tuesday for Kathmandu.

The airline's CEO Imran Asif accused Kathmandu's air traffic controllers of giving the pilot the wrong instructions, according to Reuters. Less than a minute later the pilot said he was ready to land from the south, and the controller repeated that, clearing the plane to land from the south.

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.

The reason behind the crash of the 17-year old aircraft is yet to be established, but the rescuers and other aviation staffs have recovered the black box of the aircraft.

Among the passengers, 36 were Bangladeshi, 33 Nepalese, one Chinese and one from the Maldives, according to the ministry in Dhaka. "We are very saddened by it", he said.

"It was flying so low I thought it was going to run into the mountains", said Summers, who watched the crash from the terrace of her home office, not far from the airport. Everyone just froze looking at it.

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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.

A plane carrying 71 people crashed near an airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

After hearing the news, the Prime Minister of Nepal, K.P. Sharma Oli, visited the site to know first hand the details of the accident and the state of the injured, as well as the security measures taken. The airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a US Bangladeshi joint venture company. "But it has to be probed before making a final statement", Mr Rahman told AFP.

As per initial reports, the pilot navigated through half of the 3-kilometre runway, before turning to a different direction than what he was meant to land on.

Pilots say that landing at Kathmandu airport can be challenging because of the mountainous landscape.

The accident is the deadliest since September 1992, when all 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines plane were killed when it crashed as it approached Kathmandu airport.

Survivor Sanam Shakya, who climbed out of a window of the smouldering plane, said he didn t realise the aircraft was in trouble until it hit the ground.

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