KATHMANDU — The mortal remains of 23 Bangladeshi nationals killed in the tragic US-Bangla aircraft crash are being flown back in a special flight on Monday.
The 17 bodies were identified a few days ago while the identification of six were established on Sunday. However, the identity of three people who lost their lives in the ill-fated incident is yet to be ascertained.
According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur, another US-Bangla aircraft, a Boeing 737 has landed at the TIA to take the bodies back home.
Bodies of 22 Nepalis have been identified of which twenty bodies have been handed over to their families while two bodies still await their families at the morgue.
22 people survived the crash, of which 11 were Nepali nationals. While most of the survivors have been discharged, some are still undergoing treatment.
49 people lost their lives when a plane carrying 71 persons including four crew members crashed on March 12 at TIA the third deadliest aviation accident involving an international carrier in Nepal.
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Malindo Air aircraft skids off runway at TIA
KATHMANDU — A Malindo Air aircraft preparing to fly to Kualalumpur, Malaysia from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on Thursday night skidded off a runway and stopped along a grassy area between the airport’s runways.
The Airbus, which was preparing for a take-off, narrowly escaped disaster before stopping along a grassy area between the airport’s runways after its nose wheel could not keep to the runway. All 139 passengers are safe, airport officials said.
The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 and commenced the takeoff roll at 22:08 hours local time. But takeoff was aborted as the aircraft was halfway down the runway. It failed to stop on the remaining runway and overran.
The pilot, at the right time, turned the plane towards the parking after sensing some issue with the tyres of the aircraft (flight OD 181), thus avoiding a possible mishap.
Airport operations had halted for a while and flights enroute to Kathmandu were diverted to alternate airports.