A plane with 71 passengers — 67 travellers and four crew members — from Bangladeshi US Bangla airline has crashed on Monday while performing landing maneuvers at airport in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. Police authorities have confirmed at least 50 fatalities and a score of casualties, who have been transferred to several hospitals in city. Emergency services continue with rescue efforts of nine more travellers, according to army spokesman, Gokul Bhandari.More information
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The plane came from Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, and has suffered accident in Nepali city at 14.20 local time. 37 men, 27 women and two children from various nationalities (44 Bangladeshi passengers, 25 Nepalese, one Chinese and one maldivo) were travelling on aircraft, according to Kantipur newspaper.
The plane had just taken land when it left airstrip to stop at a football field, 300 meters from airport, according to spokesman of International Airport Tribhuvan (TIA), Prem Nath Thakur. "We're trying to control fire. The police and army are trying to cut off part of plane to rescue more travelers, "said spokesman. The pilot entered runway from opposite side to one for which he had received permission, as stated by Director-General of Nepal Civil Aviation Authority, Najiv Gautam. "We are still trying to determine reasons behind this unusual landing," added Gautam.
After accident, airplane has burned down, so firefighters have had to put out fire before rescuing passengers. In some videos that several witnesses have published in social networks can be seen column of smoke of fire. The rescue teams from airport and Nepalese Army are working in area.
"It seemed that a bomb had fallen," said Kailashus and New York Times. He works at airport as a driver for a fuel company and has made sure that firefighters have taken 15 minutes to extinguish flames.
The airport has announced cancellation of all flights after accident, and those who were headed to TIA have been diverted to or nearby destinations, as explained airport sources. The plane was a Bombardier Dash 8, with license plate S2-, and 17 years. The plane descended to an airport altitude of 4400 feet and n ascended up to 6,600 feet before crashing about two minutes later, as has advanced Web Flightradar24.com aerial tracking. The airline is a subsidiary of US-Bangla group, an American-Bangladeshi company.Firefighters extinguish flames of crashed plane in Nepal from Bangladesh. Reuters