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US-Bangla aircraft crashes at TIA

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KATHMANDU — An aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu has crashed while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday. The plane has caught fire after landing.

A Bombardier Dash Q-400 aircraft operated by US-Bangla Airlines skidded off the runway while landing at the TIA, according to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur. The aircraft with call sign S2-AGU took off from Dhaka and landed at TIA at 2:20 pm.

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The aircraft caught fire following the crash. Rescue team of TIA and Nepal Army personnel have been engaged in rescue operation. Condition of passengers is unknown. Firefighters are trying to douse the fire.

Witness say it crashed when trying to take short turn in runway. Following the accident all the flights to and from TIA have been halted.

Rescue team of TIA and Nepal Army personnel have been engaged in rescue operation.

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Nepal removed from ICAO’s blacklist

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KATHMANDU — International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has removed Nepal’s aviation sector from the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list.

Speaking at the House of Representitives on Friday, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has informed that the international flight regulation body has removed from the black list.

“Nepal has been eliminated from the ICAO’s Significant Safety Concern List. The ICAO has been keeping an eye on the air space and the functionaries of its 192 member nations,” Minister Adhikari informed.

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In it’s 2013 audit report, Nepal was enlisted in SSC list and Nepal’s compliance to the ICAO’s standard at that time stood only at 55 percent out of the standard 60 percent.

“In regard to this, the attempts made by the government of Nepal and the International Aviation Organization have leaped forward to 66.08 percent which can be regarded as the most significant progress,” Adhikari apprised the parliament on Friday.

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