Nepal | January 21, 2020

UPDATE: Casualty count rises, 49 killed in US Bangla aircraft crash

THT Online

KATHMANDU: Forty-none people lost their lives as a plane carrying 71 people crashed on landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport today at 2:18 pm.

Wreckage of an airplane is pictured as rescue workers operate at Kathmandu airport, Nepal, on March 12, 2018. Photo: Reuters

Forty-nine people were killed while 22 people were undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the capital city, according to Spokesperson of the Nepal Police, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Manoj Neupaney. Out of the 49 casualties, 22 are Nepali nationals.

There were 71 people on board including four crew-members in the US Bangla Airlines, Flight BS 211, flying from Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka to Kathmandu.

Of the deceased, 31 bodies were recovered from the charred wreckage while 18 were pronounced dead in the hospitals where they were taken for treatment, taking the death toll to 49.

Smoke rises following the crash of a Bangladeshi aircraft at Kathmandu airport, Nepal, on March 12, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media. Photo: Reuters

Meanwhile, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed his condolences to the families of those that have lost their lives in the incident and wished speedy recovery for the survivors under treatment.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli entering Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, on March 12, 2018, following the crash of a bombardier aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines.

The Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Home Minister, Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Paudel, and the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal had reached the incident site to take stock of the unfortunate event.

PM Oli also stated through a tweet that the government will investigate the incident immediately.


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