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49 dead as US Bangla plane crashes in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — 49 people died when a US-Bangla airlines aircraft bound for Kathmandu from Dhaka crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon, Nepal Police have confirmed.

The 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft with 71 people including four crew members on board careened off the run way before killing at least 49 passengers after crashing onto the field at TIA.

The aircraft with call sign S2-AGU caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA,according to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.

Nepal Police DIG Manoj Neupane said 31 bodies were pulled out from the crashed plane and nine others were declared dead at different hospitals.

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According to Nepal Police Spokesperson DIG Manoj Neupane, 22 injured passengers are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Kathmandu.

Twelve passengers have been admitted at Kathmandu Medical College Hospital, Sinamangal, four at Norvic Hospital, Thapathali, three at Grande Hospital, Dhapasi, one at Om Hospital, Chabahil and one at Medicity, Bhainsepati.

The ill-fated plane had some Nepali tour operators, who had gone to Bangladesh to participate in a summit of tour and travels operator and students who were studying in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and other politicos rushed to the spot and conveyed their condolence.

The reason behind the crash of the 17-year old aircraft is yet to be established, but the rescuers and other aviation staffs have recovered the black box of the aircraft.

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PM Oli returns home

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has returned home on Sunday after completing of a six-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China. PM Oli and his entourage landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu at 10:15.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokharel, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Timilsina and Nepal Communist Party leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, among others, received PM Oli at TIA’s VVIP Lounge.

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Oli had left for China on Tuesday (June 19). He paid the official visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

During his visit, PM Oli held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, among other Chinese leaders, and signed 14 agreements incluidng a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a railway link connecting Tibet with Kathmandu.

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