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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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FNNTEA starts pre-booking from today

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KATHMANDU—The federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has opened the annual pre-Dashain booking from today. The transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking after the government agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent on Saturday.

The advance booking for bus tickets had remained uncertain because the transport operators associated with the FNNTEA had been demanding the government to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

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Though they said that the booking would be opened from 21 September, the transport operator associated with FNNTEA did not take any booking till yesterday. Only the private transportation companies started pre-booking from 21 September.

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