Abnormal landing to blame for US Bangla airplane crash
KATHMANDU: Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Sanjib Gautam has said preliminary investigation showed that the US Bangla passenger airplane accident happened because of the abnormal landing by the aircraft.
He said the air traffic control had requested the pilots for landing in a proper way after the aircraft, which was to land from the south, changed its course. The aircraft also did not declare an emergency while landing, he said.
“The airport had kept other aircraft on hold after the abnormal landing by the US Bangla aircraft,” Gautam said.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the US Bangla passenger airplane crash at Tribhuvan International Airport today has reached 49 so far, including the four crew members.
Twenty-two passengers who were injured in the accident were receiving treatment at various hospitals in Kathmandu.
The plane with 67 people including 37 male, 28 female and two minors on board crashed while landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport at 2.18 pm today.
Among the passengers were 33 Nepali nationals, 32 Bangladeshis, one Chinese national and one Maldivian national, CAAN Tribhuvan International Airport Office said at a press conference this evening.