US-Bangla airlines aircraft crashes at TIA, casualties feared 17 rescued

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Mar 12, 2018-A US-Bangla airlines aircraft carrying 71 people including four crew members crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon. The TIA authority has suspected casualty but the details are sketchy.

Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said 25 injured passengers have been rescued and sent to different hospitals for treatment. TIA said there were 37 males, 27 females and two child onboard the aircraft.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway. “The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” said Gautam suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches. “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he added.

According to TIA spokesperson PremNath Thakur, the 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA. The aircraft with call sign S2-AGU took off from Dhaka and landed at TIA at 2:20 pm.

Rescue team of TIA and Nepal Army personnel have been engaged in rescue operation.

All flights in and out of TIA have been cancelled following the crash.

(The plane involved in the crash. Photo via