This is the deadliest civil aviation disaster in Bangladesh’s history.
At least 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshis, were killed when an US-Bangla flight from Dhaka crashed in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport yesterday.
The dead include 21 Nepalese, one Chinese and a Maldivian, Rajkumer Chhetri, general manager of the airport, told this paper at 11:30pm yesterday.
According to him, 10 Bangladeshis and 12 Nepalese survived the crash.
Of the injured, 12 were undergoing treatment at the Kathmandu Medical College Hospital while five others at Norvic Hospital, journalists in Kathmandu told The Daily Star quoting officials.
At least 40 died at the scene, eight died at Kathmandu Medical College Hospital and one at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.
The US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211, a 76-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400, slammed on an empty field, caught fire, and came to a rest on a football pitch. It left a trail of twisted metal and scattered luggage, they said.
Dark smoke billowed from the pitch on the east of the runway at Nepal’s only international airport as rescuers tried to save people trapped inside the burning wreckage.
It was flying with 67 passengers, two pilots and two cabin crew members.
The cause of the crash could not be immediately known. However, an unverified audio clip of the conversation between the pilot and the air traffic controllers at the airport suggested confusion over landing clearance and on which end of the runway to land.