A plane has reportedly crashed in Kathmandu killing at least 49 people 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 incoming, it has been stated that at least 49 people have died.
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) March 12, 2018
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 25 injured passengers have been rescued from the crash and sent to different hospitals for treatment.
It has been confirmed that 67 passengers and four crew members were onboard, despite the aircraft being able to hold a total of 78.
Of this number, 37 were male, 27 were female and two of the passengers were children.
— Narayan Amrit (@amritna) March 12, 2018
A rescue team of firefighters, Nepal Army personnel and TIA staff were engaged in a rescue operation in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Nepal Police DIG Manoj Neupane has said that 31 bodies were pulled out from the crashed plane and nine others were declared dead at different hospitals.
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 BBC reports.
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.
— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) March 12, 2018
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.
— Mr Dan Ayliffe (@DanAyliffe) March 12, 2018
Basanta Bohora, an employee of Raswita International Travels and Tours, survived the crash.
Speaking to The Kathmandu Post from his hospital bed, he described the incident:
There were 16 Nepalis from various travel agencies onboard the airplane. We had gone to Bangladesh for training.
All of a sudden the plane shook violently and there was a loud bang afterwards. I was seated near the window and was able to break out of the window.
I have no recollection after I got out of the plane, someone took me to Sinamangal hospital and from there my friends brought me to Norvic.
I have received injuries to my head and legs but I am fortunate that I survived the ordeal.
Our thoughts are with those affected.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.