US-Bangla Airlines Bombardier Q400 crashes on landing at Kathmandu

US-Bangla Airlines (Dhaka) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) registered as S2-AGU with 67 passengers and four crew members crashed today (March 12) crashed on landing in Kathmandu and exited the runway coming to stop in a field. The flight (flight BS211) was arriving from Dhaka.

The death toll has risen to 49.

According to local media reports, the remaining injured passengers have been rescued and taken to local hospitals.

US-Bangla Airlines is a subsidiary of US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint venture company.

This is the second incident involving their Q400s. Previously on September 4, 2015, a Q400 skidded off the runway while landing at Saidpur Airport on a domestic flight. There were no injuries in that incident.

Bombardier issued this statement:

Everyone at Bombardier is saddened by the tragic event involving the Q400 aircraft. We extend our sympathies to the families of those whose lives were lost in this accident, and our thoughts are with those who survived.

Bombardier Air Safety Investigation Office is in contact with the authorities, and will provide assistance to all authorities as needed.

The Q400 aircraft has been designed to be robust and reliable in consideration of the high cycle demand of regional airlines and was designed to comply or exceed all airworthiness certification requirements. The Q400 fleet has accumulated over 8.5 million flight hours, and has performed about 10 million takeoffs and landings to date.

The Bombardier Q400 turboprop has been in service since 2000. Currently, there are over 500 Q400 aircraft in service worldwide, and the fleet dispatch reliability over the past year was consistently over 99.5%.

Photo: Melissa Goldman via Twitter.

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