Data recorders from Nepal crash retrieved
Authorities managed to salvage both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder from the US-Bangla flight that crashed in Kathmandu airport on March 12, 2018.
The plane was a 17 years old Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 coming from Dacca to Kathmandu.
40 people died in the crash and nine after being transported to the hospital. The 22 survivors are still being treated in local hospitals, namely the Grande International Hospital, Neuro Hospital and Nepal Mediciti Hospital. Most of them suffer serious burning as the plane caught fire after it crashed.
The four people crew was exclusively composed of Bangladeshis. The passengers were mostly from Nepal and Bangladesh with at least two foreigners, one from Maldives currently in the hospital, and another one from China. The Himalayan Times reports one “unidentified foreigner” being treated, without precising if it is the Chinese passenger or not.
First reports indicate that the plane landed from the wrong direction of the landing strip before crashing and catching fire. That theory seems to be confirmed by the conversation between the pilot and the air control. The aircraft could have collided with a mountain at the northern end of the runway. The geographical surrounding of Tribhuvan airport makes it one of the most dangerous in the world.
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