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US-Bangla plane crash : 40 including 13 Nepalis dead

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KATHMANDU — At least forty people including 13 Nepalis have been killed when a US-Bangla airlines aircraft crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon, Nepal Police has confirmed.

Spokesperson DIG Manjo Neupane said that there were 71 people including four crew members on board the 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft that took off from Dhaka, Bangladesh. The The plane crashed at 2:18 pm local time.

Neupane said 31 bodies were pulled out from the crashed plane and 9 others were declared dead at different hospitals.

Meanwhile, the black box of the crashed aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines has been recovered.

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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 had reached the airport and gvae direction for immediate recsue and treatment of injured passengers.

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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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