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Nepal plane crash: Where did Bangla flight BS211 crash in Kathmandu?

Rescuers pulled people from the burning wreckage of US-Bangla Q400 after the air disaster at 2.20pm local time (8.35am GMT) on Monday March 12.

Some 22 people were rushed to various hospitals. Passengers included 12 Nepali tour agents who had attended an annual sales conference in Bangladesh, according to one official.

Where did Bangla flight crash in Kathmandu?

Flight BS211 veered off the runway after trying to land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The hill-ringed airport, based about six kilometres from the centre city, is the sole international airport for the country and is located in the Kathmandu valley.

It has operated as an airfield since 1949 and was inaugurated in 1955 by King Mahendra.

Some 71 passengers were on board the 17-year-old plane as it clipped the fence and burst into flames.

Survivor Basalt Bohora said: ”All of a sudden the plane shook violently and there was a loud bang.

”I was seated near a window and was able to break out of the window.”

Why did the crash happen?

The airline’s chief executive officer, Imran Asif, blamed air traffic control for the disaster.

But airport general manager, Raj Kumar Chettri, said the pilot disregarded their messages and came in from the wrong direction.

The passengers were mainly Nepali and Bangladeshi, with one person from China and another from the Maldives.

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has offered his condolences, saying he was “extremely shocked” by the crash.

He has promised an immediate investigation.

Have there been other plane crashes at Kathmandu?

Nepal has a poor air safety record and today’s crash follows a series of accidents at Kathmandu.

In March 2014, a flock of birds shattered the windshield of a Malaysia Airlines jet as it landed in Kathmandu.

The same month, a rear wheel of an Airbus A320 operated by an Indian budget airline caught fire after landing.

In 2012, a plane carrying trekkers to Mount Everest region hit a bird and crashed in Kathmandu, killing all on board.

In 1992, all 113 people aboard were killed when a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land in Kathmandu.

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