A Passenger Flight Has Crashed At Nepal's Kathmandu Airport

Frederick Owens
March 13, 2018

Wreckage of a US-Bangla Airlines passenger plane is pictured as rescue workers operate following a crash at Kathmandu airport, Nepal, March 12, 2018.

The plane narrowly missed hitting a parked aircraft and crashed in the airport compound on the eastern side, he said.

The flight is asked if the runway is in sight, to which the pilot replies, "Negative".

Moments before the plane crash-landed, an air traffic controller is heard in the recording obtained by the BBC telling the pilot: "I say again, turn!"

According to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur, the aircraft caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA.

"It was flying so low I thought it was going to run into the mountains", Amanda Summers, an American who works in Nepal, told The Associated Press after watching the crash.

Several bodies that lay on the tarmac, covered with yellow cloth, were charred.

Clouds of thick smoke could be seen rising from the plane, which was on a field at the edge of the airport.

Mark Masluch, director of communications and public affairs for Bombardier, said more than 1,000 Challenger 600 series planes have been delivered and that they are "one of the most robust and reliable aircrafts in business aviation". It descended to an airport altitude of 1,341 metres (4,400 feet) and then climbed to 2,012 m (6,600 feet) before crashing about two minutes later, the website said.

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Nepalese rescuers stand near a passenger plane from Bangladesh that crashed at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday.

The hospital remained tensed till night with the presence of media people, security personnel and even ordinary people, saddened by such a big incident in the country, which recently just formed the federal parliament and appointed new prime minister.

There have been a series of accidents at Kathmandu in the past. The plane involved in the accident is from the US-Bangla Airlines. The same month, a rear wheel of an Airbus A320 operated by an Indian budget airline caught fire after landing. In 1992, a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land in Kathmandu in 1992 killing all on board.

In February, 2016, Tara Airs Twin Otter 400 crashed in Rupse of Myagdi, killing 23 people.

The plane, which was flying from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop and was 17 years old.

The UBG211 flight was en route to Kathmandu from Bangladesh's capital city.

Depending on the direction of approach, pilots have to fly over high terrain before making a steep descent towards the airport, Ascenzo added.

"We are in constant touch with Nepal's Civil Aviation Authority", he said.

Even as the Bombardier aircraft is on approach, the Nepali pilots of other aircraft are heard warning the ATC that the US-Bangla pilot seems disoriented, according to the Nepali Times.

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