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13 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Claims over cause of crash

‘Alignment not correct at landing’

Says Kathmandu airport GM
Agencies

Following the fatal crash of US-Bangla flight BS211 in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) General Manager Raj Kumar Chettri told reporters that, at landing, the aircraft not properly aligned with the runway, report agencies. Chhettri said the plane crashed at 2:18 pm. “The Air Traffic Control had communicated with the pilot of the plane, which was supposed to land at Runway 02, the southern end of the airport, just moments ahead of the fateful crash,” he said. “The pilot then informed that he would be approaching the runway from the north, but the plane headed towards the north-east instead. The control tower contacted him and asked if there was a problem to which the pilot replied ‘everything was alright’,” said Chhetri.

The plane made two rounds in a northeast direction, Chettri said. Traffic controllers again asked the pilot if things were OK, and he replied, "Yes". The tower then told the pilot his alignment was not correct, but there was no reply, Chettri added. “Next, the plane skidded off the runway while it was about to crash into one of the hangers, crashed and immediately caught fire,” Chhetri added.

"The plane should have come from the right direction," he said, adding that it hit the airport fence, touched the ground and then caught fire. It was not immediately clear if the pilot had issued a "Mayday" call, or distress signal.

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