A survivor of the US-Bangla airlines said he broke out of the window
A survivor of the US-Bangla airlines said he broke out of the window. A US-Bangla Airlines plane flying from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday, killing at least 50 people, an army spokesman told Reuters.
Nepali national Bohora, an employee of Raswita International Travels and Tours, is one of the few survivors as the Bangladeshi airliner crashed in Kathmandu, on Monday afternoon.
At least 50 out of 71 people on board the plane that came from Dhaka were killed.
Bohora spoke to local newspaper Kathmondu Post from the hospital.
He said there were 16 Nepalese passengers from various travel agencies on board the plane. They were returning to Kathmandu after attending a training session in Bangladesh.
He recalled that the plane suddenly shook violently and there was a loud bang afterwards.
He, however, mentioned that he had no recollection after he got out of the plane and someone took him to Sinamangal hospital.
He had received injuries to his head and legs.
US Bangla Airlines’ General Manager (Marketing Support and Public Relations) Kamrul Islam said that 71 people were on board at the flight, including two children, two pilots and two cabin crew.
The aircraft crashed in the restricted zone which is under the airport authority and close to the runway, he said.
“We are trying to get the actual figure of casualties. The reason behind the crash is still unknown. Two of our officials flew to Kathmundu and they will notify us further,” he said.
An aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu crash landed at Tribhuwan International Airport on Monday. The plane has caught fire after landing.Video credit:- onlinekhabar. com
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Emergency services rescued twenty-five people from the fallen aircraft and took them to Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital (KMCTH) in Sinamangal. However, seven of those rescued were pronounced dead upon arrival, according to TIA Spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.
“The plane caught fire immediately after veering off the runway when it was about to crash into the hanger,” an airport official said.
Authorities have recovered the black box of the aircraft.
Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams reached the airport and oversaw rescue operations.
The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu has opened a hotline. For any information the following officials of the embassy may kindly be contacted:
Mr Mohammad Al Alamul Emam: Counsellor : Mobile: +9779810100401
Mr Asit Baran Sarker: First Secretary : Mobile +9779861467422
Kathmandu place crash survivor Basanta Bohora Photo Credit : Kathmandu Post