UPDATE: Casualty count rises, 49 killed in US Bangla aircraft crash
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.
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.
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.
Extremely shocked by unfortunate carsh of US_ Bangla Aircraft carrying 67 passengers and 4 crew members. Express deep sorrow on loss of lives and condole to bereaved families and also wish for early recovery of injured persons. Govt will investigate the incident immediately.
— K P Sharma Oli (@kpsharmaoli) March 12, 2018