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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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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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