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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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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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