Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Bombardier awaiting cause of two deadly plane crashes in two days

Bombardier awaiting cause of two deadly plane crashes in two days

Nepal Police Spokesperson DIG Manjo Neupane said that 31 bodies were pulled out from the crashed plane so far and nine others were declared dead at different hospitals.

The plane departed from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Several people were rescued from the burning wreckage of the Bombardier Q400 series aircraft and are undergoing treatment at hospitals, army spokesman Gokul Bhandari said.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Sanjiv Gautam said the plane lost control when it attempted to land on the runway.

US-Bangla Airlines chief executive Bimran Asif said a misunderstanding between the control tower at Kathmandu airport and the pilot might have caused the accident.

The airport was temporarily closed for all worldwide flights following the accident.

Witnesses said there was a loud bang and that the plane shook violently while people wept inside the aircraft and chanted. The black box of the aircraft was recovered from the spot, Mr. Chhetri said. "He is also an instructor of this aircraft", he said.

One person was killed and another person was injured in an accident in Pine Township involving two tractor-trailers and two pickup trucks. "I was seated near a window and was able to break out".

The passengers included 33 from Nepal, 32 from Bangladesh, and one each from China and the Maldives.

Recordings of the conversation between the pilot and air traffic controllers, which were posted on the air traffic monitoring website, highlight the confusion as to which direction the plane was to land from.

All flights in and out of the TIA were cancelled.

Kathmandu briefly closed after the accident, forcing inbound flights to divert, but it has since reopened.

In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines plane skidded off the runway in dense fog, but passengers only sustained minor injuries. Its airline companies are banned from flying within the European Union.

Just two months earlier, a Thai Airways aircraft had crashed near the same airport, killing 113 people.

Kathmandu airport lies in a bowl-shaped valley with the Himalayas to the north, making it a notoriously challenging place to land.

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

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