Plane Leaves Runway And Crashes Into Football Ground In ‘Ball Of Flame’
A plane has reportedly crashed into a football ground in Kathmandu after careening off the runway.
This morning, (March 12), the BS211 flight, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400, from the Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla crashed on the east side of the Tribhuvan International Airport’s (TIA) runway, before going into a nearby football ground.
As reported by The Kathmandu Post, although details are currently sketchy, there are fears of casualties.
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Eyewitness have shared photos and videos of the crash on social media, which show plumes of smoke rising from the scene near the Nepalese capital.
The Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary, Suresh Acharya, has stated 17 injured passengers have been rescued from the crash and sent to different hospitals for treatment.
It’s thought 67 people were onboard, despite the aircraft being able to hold a total of 78. A rescue team of firefighters, Nepal Army personnel and TIA staff are currently engaged in a rescue operation.
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The Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan), Sanjiv Gautam stated the plane, which was flying in from Dhaka, was out of control when it attempted to land.
The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern tip of the runway flying over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side.
We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing.
It’s thought the plane was suffering from technical glitches.
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According to a TIA spokesperson, Prem Nath Thakur, the aircraft caught fire after it veered off the runway.
It landed at the airport around 2.20pm.
All flights in and out of the airport have been cancelled following the crash.
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