OSNepal, Kathmandu, 13th March: At least 49 people were killed and 23 injured when a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed in Kathmandu on Monday (Mar 12), an official said. There were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka when it crashed into a field near the airport.
Rescuers had to cut apart the mangled and burned wreckage of the aircraft to pull people out. “The chances of rescuing anyone (else) alive is slim now because the plane was badly burned,” said army spokesman Gokul Bhandaree, who confirmed the deaths. This is the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in years. Airline spokesman Kamrul Islam told AFP that 33 of the passengers were Nepali, 32 were Bangladeshi, one was Chinese and one from the Maldives.