Update on the fatal crash of US-Bangla Airlines Flight BS211, a de Havilland Dash 8-400 #S2-AGU that performed flight BS-211 from Dhaka to Kathmandu.
There appear to be 22 survivors of 71 aboard. US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 crashed on approach to Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport, Nepal with 67 passengers and 4 crew aboard: 33 were Nepalis, 32 Bangladeshis, one Chinese and one Maldivian.
Audio between pilots and Air Traffic Control
AviationHerald posted that the Ministry of Tourism reported 39 people died in the accident, 31 were rescued alive. (These numbers will change.)
The pilots aborted their first approach and the flight was cleared to land on runway 20.
The airport reported flight BS211 veered right off the runway and slid for about 300 meters until coming to a rest on a field in flames. The bodies of thirty-one deceased were recovered at the crash site. Eighteen were pronounced dead upon arrival at various hospitals.The General Manager at TIA (airport) Chhetri said “…the plane took a missed approach touching down the fencing area next to the parked planes at the airport.”
Air Traffic Control said “… pilot of Bangladeshi plane repeatedly informed the tower that he was on the right move and proper direction…Then, the plane suddenly took a wrong direction to the west of the Runway 02 threshold and crashed.”
First, the Goma Air flight waited until the tower confirmed that the “bird patrol” had chased birds off the Kathmandu runway. Then the nine people aboard had just taken off from Kathmandu en route to Lukla when a bird struck the plane’s horizontal stabilizers. Pilots returned to make a safe landing in Kathmandu. According to Goma Air’s managing director, Manoj Karki, there were no injuries. We presume his statement did not include four stubborn birds who returned to the runway, one of whom damaged the plane. Goma Air expects the plane to be back in service tomorrow, after maintenance is complete.
Air Kasthamandap flight 9N-AJB crash-landed in Chilkhaya, Kalikot district of Nepal, on February 26th.
The single engine PAC 750 plane took off from Nepalgunj and was heading to Jumla when it developed some technical problems and went down. Authorities said the plane lost contact with the control tower just 11 minutes after take off.
There were 11 people aboard at the time, including the pilot Dinesh Neupane, the co-pilot Santosh Rana, and nine passengers. The pilot and the co-pilot were killed in the crash while the passengers were injured.
The injured were airlifted to Nepalgunj Medical College.
The government has appointed a four-member commission to investigate the accident.
A Tara Air Twin Otter was found crashed near Rupse Chhahara at Soleghopte cliff in Dana VDC. Search efforts at the crash site some 16,000 feet above sea level were hampered by fog. There were no survivors. The flight had been declared missing while en route from Pokhara to Jomsom, carried twenty passengers and had been manned by three crew. They left Pokhara at 07:47 and were lost 10 minutes into the flight. Villagers reported a fire near Rupse Chhahara, which was the site of the wreckage.
Tara Air published statements. See italics on this page.
Tara Air says
With deepest regret and extreme shock Tara Air Pvt. Ltd. Management informs the crash of this airlines’ flight number TA193 on aircraft 9N-AHH that took off from Pokhara to Jomsom at 7:50 a.m. local time. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased. Our Management is cooperating fully in the investigation.
The aircraft which took off from Pokhara on its scheduled flight number TA193 to Jomsom at 7:40 a.m. was found crashed at Tirkhe Dhunga, Dana VDC of Myagdi district.
There were 23 (twenty three) passengers along with 2 (two) infants and 3 (three) crew members.
We are working to assist the families and friends of the passengers and crew. We cannot undo the pain and grief they feel, but we can share their burden of dealing with this tragedy.
This is an extremely sad day for all of us at Tara Air.
Tara Air Pvt. Ltd.
As per information received from Rescue Coordination Center (RCC), TIA, Tara Air’s missing aircraft 9N-AHH which took off from Pokhara on its scheduled flight number TA 193 to Jomsom at 7:50 a.m. was found crashed at Tirkhe Dhunga, Dana VDC of Myagdi district at 1:25 p.m. There were 23(twenty-three) passengers along with 2 (two) infants and 3(three) crew members.
Tara Air Pvt. Ltd. with regret informs its Twin-Otter 400 series (9N-AHH) missing after taking off from Pokhara Airport at 7:50 local time. It was flying from Pokhara to Jomsom. It is also known that weather at both origin and destination airports was favorable and the airport was cleared for departure by the Control Tower at Pokhara. We have dispatched three helicopters on a search and rescue mission. We will provide updates as soon as we receive further information.