"Fortunate to be alive", says Nepal plane crash survivor


Flight operator US-Bangla Airlines said Captain Abid Sultan, a former pilot of the Bangladesh Air Force, had landed more than 100 times at Kathmandu, where wind shear and bird hits are frequent hazards. The Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines is a private carrier that launched in July 2014 with the motto "Fly Fast Fly Safe".

The Kathmandu Post adds: "Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway".

Nepalese rescuers attend to bodies of victims after a passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, March 12, 2018.

Nepal PM KP Oli on Monday said a commission will be formed to investigate the cause of the crash.

The airline's CEO Imran Asif accused Kathmandu's air traffic controllers of giving the pilot the wrong instructions, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, CAAN has said that the radio conversation between Air Traffic Controller at TIA and flight pilot, which was leaked to the media, was unlawful and that the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) will conduct investigation into the matter.

The plane was carrying 67 passengers and four crew. Nepal army spokesman Brigadier General Gokul Bhandari said 50 people had died in the crash.

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It said Kathmandu's airport was closed due to the accident, and inbound flights were either turning back or being diverted elsewhere. Asked by the control tower if there was a problem, he replied in the negative.

"The airplane was not properly aligned with the runway".

The plane, which was on route from Dhaka, crashed short of the runway before breaking into pieces and catching fire.

One of the survivors remembers how fire broke out, but he cannot remember how he got out of the plane. Canadian plane maker Bombardier said it was sending an air safety investigator to the site, as well as a field service representative.

US-Bangla operates Boeing 737-800 and smaller Bombardier Dash 8 planes, the model of the plane that crashed. The airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a US Bangladeshi joint venture company.

A Bangladesh carrier's passenger aeroplane, with 71 people on board, crashed and burst into flames while landing in Kathmandu, killing 49 people and injuring more than 20 others in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in almost three decades.

"There was a mess, people were running on the aircraft, many ambulances and firefighters".