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US-Bangla aircraft crashes at TIA, 8 dead

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KATHMANDU — Several people were injured as an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu has crashed while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon killing at least eight people and injuring several others.

As many as 71 persons, including four crew members, were on-board the aircraft, among them 33 were Nepali nationals, it has been learnt. There were 37 males, 27 females and two children onboard the aircraft.

At least 30 passengers who have been injured are rescued and sent to Civil Hospital, New Baneshwor and KMC Hospital, Sinamangalaccording to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.

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The 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft caught fire after it skidded off the runway during landing and crashed onto a ground near the runway. The aircraft with registration S2-AGU took off from Dhaka and landed at TIA at 2:20 pm.

“The plane shoot off the run away while it was about to crash into the hanger and immediately caught fire,” an airport official said.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams have reached the incident site in airport.

Following the crash, all flights in and out of TIA have been cancelled .

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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