Nepali rescue workers gather around the debris of an airplane that crashed near the international airport in Kathmandu on March 12, 2018.
At least 40 people were killed and 23 injured when a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed near Kathmandu airport March 12, an official said. “Thirty-one people died at the spot and nine died at two hospitals in Kathmandu,” police spokesman Manoj Neupane told AFP, adding another 23 were injured. There were 67 passengers and four crew on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka.
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Article posted  by: White Nation correspondent  London   March 18   2017



AT least 49 people were killed when a plane approached the runway from the wrong direction, crashed and burst into flames while landing at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport in Nepal on Monday.

Flight BS 211, which belongs to US-Bangla Airlines, a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier, was flying from Dhaka, Bangladesh, police spokesperson Manoj Neupane said. There were 71 passengers on the plane, including the crew, said Kamrul Islam, the head of public relations for US-Bangla. Forty bodies were recovered at the scene, nine died in hospital and 22 survivors are receiving treatment in hospital after the crash at 2:15 p.m. local time, Neupane said.
The passengers were mainly Nepalese and Bangladeshi with one from China and one from the Maldives, Tribhuvan Airport general manager Raj Kumar Chhetri told CNN. All four crew members were from Bangladesh, officials said. The plane approached the runway from the wrong direction, according to Chhetri. “The plane had permission to land from the southern side of the runway but they instead landed from the northern side. Authorities do not know why they did not land from the southern side,” Chhetri said.
The aircraft’s two recorders -the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder – have both been recovered.
Nepal’s recently elected Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli visited the crash site to take stock of the situation.

71 passengers, including crew, were on the plane.

Witness: Plane was ‘much too low’

Amanda Summers, a retired American living in Kathmandu, told CNN she saw the crash of flight BS 211 from her rooftop overlooking the airport. “I was on my rooftop that overlooks Kathmandu from the top of the valley – I spend most of my time there – when I saw the plane flying at very low altitude,” she told CNN by phone. “It was flying northwards and it was much too low. I thought at first that maybe it was extra cloud cover that was forcing the plane to fly low. Then I saw the plane change direction almost completely and it was flying straight towards us. Then it lost more altitude and finally crashed. “I saw one spark, or flash. Then seconds later I saw another bigger one. It was almost as if the plane might have bounced. Then no more light but a tall billow of thick black smoke rose in the air,” she added.

Rescuers at the airport in Kathmandu on Monday.

We had done boarding, waiting to take off and then a 70-seater ATR plane was approaching to land and everyone in our plane started to look towards it. And then 30 second later there was smoke,” traveler Shradha Giri, who was at the airport waiting for a domestic flight, told CNN. ATR is a Franco-Italian aviation company known for its turboprop planes. According to Flightradar24, the plane was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, which the company describes as “the world’s most modern turboprop.”
AND further afield were two people injured  in a helicopter crash in South Africa.   Two people were injured on Tuesday, when a helicopter crashed in a veld near Swartkoppies Road in Brackendowns, South of Johannesburg on Tuesday, paramedics said. R24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics and other emergency services arrived on the scene to find a small, wrecked helicopter lying in the field. Two people were found walking around on the scene. Paramedics assessed both patients and found that they had sustained moderate injuries. Fortunately, no serious injuries or fatalities were found on the scene, he said. The patients were treated for their injuries and were thereafter transported by other services to a nearby private hospital for further care.

Two people were injured on Tuesday, when a helicopter crashed in a veld near Swartkoppies Road in Brackendowns, south of Johannesburg on Tuesday. PHOTO: Supplied/ER24

The exact details surrounding this incident are not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.

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