US-Bangla Q400 Crashes On Landing In Kathmandu

A US-Bangla Bombardier Q400 had an accident on landing this afternoon at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. The accident occurred on flight B211 operating from Dhaka shortly after 2PM local time, which was a roughly 400 mile flight. The plane veered off the runway on arrival, and then caught on fire.

The plane has the registration number S2-AGU, and was built in 2001, and has been operating for US-Bangla since 2014. The plane previously flew for SAS, Royal Jordanian, and Augsburg Airways.

For those of you not familiar with US-Bangla, they’re a privately owned Bangladeshi airline that has been around since 2014. The airline is based at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, and has a fleet of four 737-800s and three Bombardier Q400s (they had four prior to today).

FlightGlobal reports that there were 67 passengers and four crewmembers on board, and that 20 have been rescued so far and transported to hospitals. Authorities have confirmed there are casualties, though haven’t yet revealed how many.

It’s too early to know for sure what happened, though some reports have suggested there was a “technical fault,” while others suggest there was an unstable approach that ended poorly. I’m sure we’ll find out soon.

Based on weather reports it appears that winds were light when the plane landed, though there were thunderstorms and a few low clouds. Kathmandu’s Airport remains closed for the time being.

Here are some pictures of the accident site:

https://twitter.com/sojho_chor/status/973127368989691904

My thoughts are with those onboard, and their families and friends.

(Featured image courtesy of Murad Hashan)

Comments

  1. How sad. 🙁

    KTM is a notoriously tough airport to land at. Will be curious to see if weather was bad. If not, then likely a mechanical or pilot error issue.

    Thoughts and prayers for the victims and their loved ones. May they RIP

  2. The plane first flew for SAS, who ditched the model after three crash landings in 2 months due to technical defects in the undercarriage construction. Since then we don’t call it a Dash8 anymore, but just a Crash8. This model i really getting notorious.

  3. The plane first flew for SAS, who ditched the model after three crash landings in 2 months due to technical defects in the undercarriage construction. Since then we don’t call it a Dash8 anymore, but just a Crash8. This model i really getting notorious.

  4. A couple of years ago a Turkish Airlines A330 crashed in KTM (I don’t believe there were any fatalities.). I flew into KTM over a year later and the plane was still there, parked on the opposing side of the runway from the terminal. The engines were removed and logos covered up but it was pretty easy to figure out.

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