Sunday, 24 Mar 2019

A flight that carrying 71 passengers crashed while landing at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport


Several people were rescued from the wreckage of the planeSeveral people were rescued from the wreckage of the plane -  A flight that carrying 71 passengers include crew, crashed while landing at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. Many survivors and witnesses of a plane crash have described about the chaotic moments when the aircraft killing at least 49 people. From the 22 survivors, 11 are Nepali while 11 are Bangladeshi nationals.

It is still not clear what caused the crash. The goverment makes an investigation. While the airline blames air traffic control, the airport says the plane landed from the wrong direction. Because from a recording of the conversation between the pilot and air traffic control minutes before the crash suggests misunderstanding over which end of the sole runway the plane was cleared to land on.

This is not the first time for Nepal goverment have the aircraft incident. In the past, Nepal have many aviation disaster, but the incident of Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 plane is the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in years.

A witnesses named Keshav Pandey said, there was a loud bang from the aircraft, a 17-year-old Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop, that makes the plane shook violently.

"People wept inside the aircraft and scream. After the crash I was trying to [get] out of the plane because it was on fire but I could not, my hand and leg was trapped", Pandey said.

As quoted from BBC, the plane data recorder has been retrieved from the wreckage. The plane flying from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and was being operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla. Monday's crash was the deadliest since a Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed in 1992, killing all 167 on board.

The Himalayan nation has a chequered history when it comes to air safety, with more than 70 crashes involving planes and helicopters since 1949, the year the first aircraft landed there. Most of accidents have been attributed to bad weather, inexperienced pilots and inadequate maintenance.







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