Bombardier Dash 8 Crash in Kathmandu Kills 38

Bombardier Dash 8 Crash in Kathmandu Kills 38

A US-Bangla Airlines jet crashed as it was landing at the main airport in Kathmandu, breaking apart in a nearby field after it veered off the runway.

A survivor of a plane crash near Kathmandu's global airport said Monday that the US-Bangla Airlines plane began "behaving strangely" on descent before it crash-landed, killing at least 49 people.

Of the total passengers onboard, 33 were from Nepal, 32 from Bangladesh, one from China and one from the Maldives, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

According to airport officials, the airplane was carrying 67 passengers and 4 crew members.

"Thank God I was able to escape through a cracked window", Bohara said at an interview at Norvic International Hospital near the airport, where he was taken with several other injured passengers.

The plane had circled the airport twice as it waited for clearance to land, Mohammed Selim, the airline's manager in Kathmandu, told Dhaka-based Somoy TV station.

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The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but a statement from airport authorities said the plane was "out of control" as it came in to land.

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

"All of a sudden the plane shook violently and there was a loud bang afterwards", he told the Kathmandu Post.

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.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli telephoned his Bangladesh counterpart and expressed sorrow at the loss of lives in the crash.

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Nepal has suffered several plane crashes in recent years, dealing a blow to its tourism industry.

In September, 2012, Sita Air's Dornier 228-202 (9N-AHA) crashed near the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, killing 19 people.

The Bangladeshi carrier launched operations in July 2014 and operates Bombardier Inc and Boeing aircraft.

In 2015, one of its planes overshot the runway on landing at Saidpur in northwest Bangladesh.

Most accidents have been attributed to bad weather, inexperienced pilots and inadequate maintenance. There were no reports of injuries.

In February, 2016, Tara Air's Twin Otter 400 crashed in Rupse of Myagdi, killing 23 people. "Again the tower asked the pilot why he didn't land the plane and enquired if he was okay".

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