New Delhi, March 12: A passenger aircraft of the US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu crash landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday. Identified as Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, the aircraft has a seating capacity of 78 people.
Here’s what we know so far:
- The aircraft careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near the airport, catching fire.
- Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport closed following the crash.
- Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Sanjiv Gautam said the plane lost control when it attempted to land on the runway.
- All flights in and out of the Tribhuvan International Airport were cancelled.
- The number of passengers travelling in the plane is 69, said reports.
- Eight bodies recovered so far, more deaths feared in the crash which took place when the plane was descending at the runway.
- Twenty-five injured passengers were rescued and sent to hospitals.
- Witnesses said the plane crashed when trying to take a short turn on runway, My Republica reported.
More details awaited.