Nepal plane crash: Airport authorities recover black box, probe underway
Nepal plane crash: Airport authorities recover black box, probe underway
Nepal flight data recorder retrieved in attempt to discover cause of crash
13 March, 2018, 10:48
Seventy-one people were on the plane that, arriving from Dhaka in cloudy weather, clipped the fence at Kathmandu and burst into flames, official said.
At least eight people died in the crash, according to The Daily Star in Bangladesh.
The airport's general manager, Raj Kumar Chetri, says the pilot of the plane didn't follow landing instructions from the control tower, and the plane "was not properly aligned with the runway".
Airport officials said the pilot had been told to approach the runway from the south, but he instead came in for landing from the north.
In September, 2012, Sita Air's Dornier 228-202 (9N-AHA) crashed near the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, killing 19 people.
Most of the injured were brought to Kathmandu Medical College, where relatives wept as they awaited news.
Seconds later, the plane crashed into a field beside the runway, erupting in flames and leaving 49 of the 71 people on board dead.
"EAM SushmaSwaraj spoke to Bangladesh Foreign Minister & expressed deepest condolences & sympathies for the loss of lives in the crash of USBangla Airlines in Kathmandu today".
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"There are reasons why Nepal has such a relatively high accident rate, many of those are because of the challenges of operating in mountain airfields that surround Nepal", said Blackie, who was part of an team that probed a 2016 crash of a small turboprop plane in Nepal.
The pilot circled twice in a northern direction and was asked again if things were okay, and the pilot gave the same response.
The ill-fated aircraft, which took off from Dhaka went unstable before crash-landing in Nepal's capital.
In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines plane skidded off the runway in dense fog, but passengers only sustained minor injuries.
The airline has blamed air traffic control, with the chief executive of the airlines saying that there were wrong directions from the tower and that their pilot was not at fault.
Nepal's prime minister KP Sharma Oli said eight people earlier reported to be missing were now presumed dead. The airport was closed for a few hours before being reopened.
Siphengphet and Mark Masluch said the planes are "safe and reliable" and other planes haven't been grounded.
The nationalities of those on board were later identified; there were 33 Nepalese, 32 Bangladeshis and one Chinese and Maldivian national, apart from four crew members. It is a subsidiary of US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint venture company.
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