Report. Tragedy in Nepal: Dash-8 airplane crashes
At least 50 victims out of 71 on board -2 VIDEO
A de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 airplane from the US Bangla Airlines, BS211 flight coming from the "Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport" in Bangladesh crashed this morning (2:20 pm local time) while it was in landing phase at Kathmandu Airport, Nepal. The Nepalese Army spokesperson unveiled it.
On board 71 people (64 men and women, two children, and 5 crewmembers). So far the victims counted by rescuers are 50. Fourteen survivors including some in very serious conditions were immediately transported to the nearest hospitals (Kathmandu Medical College, Teaching Hospital, Norvic Hospital and Mediciti Hospital), while looking for missing bodies to the list. Still according to the details issued by the authorities, 33 people were of Nepalese nationality.
At the time of writing Prem Nath Thakur, spokesman for Tia (Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu airport) reports that 9 of the most seriously injured were declared dead on arrival at the hospitals. But it is not specified if they are already included in the 50 victims.
According to the local press, a first Tia executive, Raj Kumar Chhettri, said that the plane crashed at 2:28pm. "Air traffic control had informed the airplane pilot that it was to land on the 02 runway, at the southern end of the airport, moments before the fatal accident. The pilot then informed that he would approach the runway from the north, but the aircraft headed north-east. The control tower contacted him and asked if there was a problem, the pilot replied that everything was fine. After the aircraft is skidded on the runway, risking crashing into one of hangars. Immediately it caught fire, Chhetri added it.
In the two videos below, images from the tragedy place:
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