Nepal plane crash: 50 people killed at Kathmandu airport

Katrina Barker
March 13, 2018

"A seven-member team of our airlines led by CEO Imran Asif along with the victims' relatives on board the special flight reached Kathmandu around 11:10am", US-Bangla General Manager Kamrul Islam said.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, "A thunderstorm was passing the airport with cumulonimbus clouds passing by at 2,500 feet". "When the control tower asked the pilot if there was any problem, the pilot said everything is okay", according to Chhetri.

At the beginning of the recording posted on, both the pilot and the air traffic control tower can be heard confirming the aircraft should land on runway 02, pointing north.

"It should have come straight but it went in the other direction. then it crashed towards the field", said airport cleaner Sushil Chaudhary, who saw the crash. The authorities also told a news conference the pilot descended from a route opposite to the one assigned by air traffic controllers.

Andrew Blackie, an aviation consultant, pilot and former accident investigator for the British government, said investigators will be looking into all aspects of the crash, such as mechanical failure, weather and operational error.

Data from tracking website showed the aircraft was 17 years old. Of the 67 passengers, 32 were from Bangladesh, 33 were from Nepal, one was from China and another was from the Maldives.

An eyewitness, Nitin Keyal, said, "It was flying very low".

All the flights to and from TIA have been halted after the crash. Everyone just froze looking at it. "It was just bad".

But Imran Asif, CEO of US-Bangla Airlines, told reporters in Dhaka that "we can not claim this definitely at the moment, but we are suspecting that the Kathmandu air traffic control tower might have misled our pilots to land on the wrong runway".

The US-Bangla Airlines is a privately-owned Bangladeshi airline headquartered in Dhaka.

Officials at Kathmandu Medical College, the closest hospital to Nepal's only global airport, said they were treating 16 survivors of the Q400 crash, whose earlier versions were called Dash 8.

Offering his condolences, Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli promised an immediate investigation. The parent company is involved in a number of industries, including real estate, education and agriculture. "But it has to be probed before making a final statement".

There has been a series of accidents at Kathmandu's airport in the past.

One witness, Amanda Summers, an American working in Nepal, said the plane swerved repeatedly as it prepared to land.

Earlier that same year, a Thai Airways plane crashed near the airport, leaving 113 people dead.

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