At least 50 passengers have died following the crash of a plane operated by US-Bangla Airlines, with 71 passengers and crew members on-board at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal.
Flight BS 211 was travelling from Dhaka and clipped a fence at the Tribhuvan airport while trying to land, then burst into flames.
Passengers were mainly from Nepal and Bangladesh with one traveller each from China and the Maldives.
Charred bodies of 40 passengers were recovered from the scene, with nine dying in hospital, and 22 survivors receiving treatment in hospital.
The exact cause of the crash could not be known. The airline blamed the air traffic control at the Kathmandu airport for the incident. However, the plane is reported to have approached from the wrong direction.
Based on the conversation between the pilot and air traffic control minutes before the plane crashed, it was alleged that there was some confusion between air traffic control and the pilot over the runway the plane was supposed to land on.
The plane is a Canadian-made Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop.
Responding to the crash, Bombardier said in a statement: “Everyone at Bombardier is saddened by the tragic event involving the Q400 aircraft. We extend our sympathies to the families of those whose lives were lost in this accident, and our thoughts are with those who survived.
“Bombardier Air Safety Investigation Office is in contact with the authorities, and will provide assistance to all authorities as needed.
“The Q400 aircraft has been designed to be robust and reliable in consideration of the high cycle demand of regional airlines and was designed to comply or exceed all airworthiness certification requirements.
“The Q400 fleet has accumulated over 8.5 million flight hours, and has performed about ten million takeoffs and landings to date.”