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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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Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300 skids off the runway at Kathmandu

Turkish A330-300 TC-JOC crash landing at Kathmandu 3.4.15 (Mallika Aryal)(LR)

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) flight TK 726 from Istanbul skidded off a foggy runway today (March 4) while landing at Kathmandu, Nepal. The Airbus A330-303 TC-JOC (msn 1522) had already aborted a previous approach and was circling the airport before attempting to land again. The aircraft skidded off the runway and the nose gear collapsed. The passengers used the emergency chutes to evacuate the airliner.

According to this report by NBC, only one passenger out of the 224 passengers and crew members on board was injured.

Turkish Airlines issued this short statement:

Our flight number TK726 from İstanbul to Kathmandu overshot the runway after landing at Napal / Kathmandu.

All of our passengers and flight crew evacuated safely.

Necessary precautions are taken; after the technical investigation, this unfortunate incident will be determined and announced to public.

Read the full report from NBC: CLICK HERE

Read the full report from The Independent: CLICK HERE

Twitter photo by Mallika Aryal.

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Nepal Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A320

Nepal A320-200 D-AXAR (9N-AKW)(14)(Tko) XFW (Airbus)(LRW)

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) (formerly Royal Nepal Airlines) (Kathmandu) took delivery of its first Airbus A320 on February 7. The pictured Airbus A320-233 D-AXAR (msn 6445) (above) in the 2014 livery is also equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices. The aircraft became 9N-AKW on delivery and is named “Sagarmatha”.

Nepal A320-200 nose (Nepal)(LR)

Nepal Airlines is planning to introduce the new type on February 26 on the Kathmandu – Hong Kong route. The next day it will be introduced on the Bangkok route.

Nepal Airlines is moving to an all Airbus jet fleet. The airline has another A320 on order. The two A320s will replace two older Boeing 757-200s (below).

Nepal 757-200 9N-ACB (Tko)(Nepal)(LRW)

Above Photo: Nepal Airlines. Boeing 757-2F8C 9N-ACB (msn 23863) sports the original Royal Nepal Airlines colors.

Following a handover in Hamburg, the aircraft was welcomed at a ceremony attended by government and airline officials at its home base on arrival in Kathmandu.

Below Photo: Nepal Airlines. The interior of the first Airbus A320.

Nepal A320-200 seat (Nepal)(LR)

Nepal 2014 logo

The aircraft has Required Navigation Performance (RNP) capability built-in, which enables the aircraft to fly precisely along predefined routes using state-of-the-art on-board navigation systems.

Nepal Airlines currently flies to four international destinations (Bangkok, Doha, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur) and 25 spectacular domestic locations in the heart of the Himalayas.

Top Copyright Photo: C. Brinkmann/Airbus (all others by Nepal Airlines).

Saurya Airlines to launch operations in Nepal with Bombardier CRJ200s

Saurya Airlines logo

Saurya Airlines (Kathmandu) is a new airline in Nepal that has taken delivery of its first aircraft (Bombardier CRJ200 9N-ALE, msn 7493 according to ch-aviation). The company issued this statement

Saurya Airlines Pvt. Ltd. is a newly established company with a primary objective of engaging in the business of commercial air transportation operation in Nepal. Saurya Airlines is established by young, efficient, enterprising and experienced professionals with proven track record in business, aviation, and travel & tourism. Saurya Airlines will operate schedule passenger flights and chartered flights.

The company intends to fly the following routes: Kathmandu-Dhangadi-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Bhairahawa-Kathmandu and Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu

 

Yeti Air International to relaunch as Himalaya Airlines on October 28

Yeti Air International (Kathamandu), a subsidiary of the Yeti Airlines Group, has been reformed as a new joint venture between Tibet Airlines (Lhasa, Tibet) (49 percent) and Yeti World Investment and HIF Aviation Investment according to The Economic Times. This time the airline will operate as Himalaya Airlines.

Himalaya Airlines will launch operations on October 28 on the Kathamndu-Lhasa route with leased Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

The airline will literally fly “on top of the world”.

Tibet Airlines started operations on July 26, 2011 and is 31 percent owned by Air China.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Tibet Airlines will likely be the operator of the aircraft for the new joint venture. Airbus A319-115 D-AVYH (man 4766) became B-6436 on delivery.

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Yeti Airlines introduces a new livery in Nepal

Yeti Jetstream 41 9N-AHW (14)(Grd) KTM (Aashik Pokhrel)(LRW)

Yeti Airlines (Kathmandu), the second biggest domestic carrier in Nepal, has introduced this new livery, replacing the original 1998 color scheme. The new livery was designed by designer Aashik Pokhrel.

Currently the airlines operates a fleet of seven BAe Jetstream 41 aircraft. The pictured Jetstream 41 9N-AHW (msn 41078) is the first to be painted in the new design, soon to be followed by the others. Yeti Airlines currently flies from its base of Kathmandu to 10 destinations in Nepal.

Copyright Photo: Aashik Pokhrel.