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    A PASSENGER jet has crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, leaving many feared dead.

    Witnesses reported seeing the plane crash while descending to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal before crashing at a nearby football ground.
    Officials have not confirmed the status of passengers but fatalities are expected after the plane erupted into flames after crashing.
    Airport officials said 67 people were on board the plane when it crash landed at the airport, skid off the runway and burst into flames.
    Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said 17 injured passengers were rushed to hospital. He did not confirm the status of the other passengers.


    Shocking photos taken at the scene of the crash show the extent of the damage to the plane.
    One image shows dozens of soldiers searching the wreakage of the plane, which is burned and crumpled.
    Another photos show emgergency crews facing a huge fire engulfing an area off the runway.


    The plane is believed to have been travelling from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, when it crashed in Kathmandu.
    An aviation official said the plane lost control as it attempted to land.
    Sanjiv Gautam said: “The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway flying over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side.
    “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing.”


    Flight trackers Air Live said: "A Bangladesh passenger aircraft ‘became unstable’ while descending, crashes at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport – airport official.
    "Casualties are feared after a plane crashed at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, sending a huge cloud of smoke into the air, say eyewitnesses."
    FlightRadar24 said the aircraft involved is a “17-year-old Bombardier Dash 8 Q400”.
    A spokesman for the airport said: “We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited.”



    One witness said on Twitter: “An Airplane just crashed at the Kathmandu International Airport. I saw it when it happened. OMG!"
    Rescue and emergency teams are at the scene.
    Officials said there were suspected “technical glitches” which made the plane “unstable” as it landed.


    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world...port-us-bangla



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  • #2
    I read a quote from the director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal that the plane landed from the north, but was supposed to approach from the south.

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    • #3
      The avherald article has much more and interesting information.
      I can't extract just a part of it and I should not reproduce it here entirely due to (c), so go and read it by yourself:

      http://avherald.com/h?article=4b5fa1cb&opt=0

      My first bottom line is... I don't understand a thing of what transpired there or what was the plane doing or where it was going. It's not that RW 02 and RW 20 are close one to the other, they are the same strip of asphalt but in opposite directions.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gabriel View Post
        ...I don't understand a thing of what transpired there or what was the plane doing or where it was going...
        You don't think "serious on board problem, possibly including fire and/or control problems" might be consistent with what we are hearing?

        That has happened once or twice- so while it's speculation it's not total off-the-wall speculation.

        OR

        Do we just wait for the final report?

        Concur that it would be nice to get a little bit more information- in particular- the final final approach...if the plane made a halfway normal approach and touch down and then departed the runway...or if it the approach appeared ragged/distressed...or did the thing just fall out of the sky and happen to land on the airport?
        Les règles de l'aviation de base découragent de longues périodes de dur tirer vers le haut.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 3WE View Post
          You don't think "serious on board problem, possibly including fire and/or control problems" might be consistent with what we are hearing?
          I don't.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gabriel View Post
            I don't.
            I agree with Gabriel here, I listened to the ATC recording and it sure seems like the instructions were messed up.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Schwartz View Post
              I agree with Gabriel here, I listened to the ATC recording and it sure seems like the instructions were messed up.
              Oh, boy. Ok, here we go, let's copy-paste. Flyboy, forgive me for double-posting.

              Yes, that and more:

              Airplane is on final approach to Kathmandu's runway 02, cleared to land [Ok, so it's flying roughly North?]
              Then the aircraft turns left [Turn left like in small adjustment or like in make a left?]
              Tower: Do not turn towards runway 20, turn right [Uh? how can a left turn when in final approach to 02 will be an indication of going for 20?]
              Tower: Cleared to land runway 02
              Plane: Request to land on runway 20
              Tower: Ok, cleared to land runway 20
              Tower: Do you have runway 20 in sight? [Ok, so where on Earth is the plane heading at this point???]
              Plane: Negative
              Tower: Do you have runway 02 in sight?
              Plane: Affirmative
              Tower: Cleared the flight again to land on runway 02
              Then the plane buzzes the tower which is west of the runway
              And crashes in a football/soccer field east of the runway.

              What the heck???????


              Disclaimer: the radio conversation show above is not the actual one, it is a reconstruction from news reports, mainly from avherald, saying things like "the pilot said that he had the runway 02 in sight and the tower cleared them to land".

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              • #8
                A couple dozens of high quality pictures of the crash scene here:

                Warning, one of the photos shows charred bodies. Discresion advised and watch at your own risk.
                https://www.infobae.com/america/foto...o-en-katmandu/

                The state of the plane (not talking about it being burned out, but the deformation and relative position of the parts) strengthens my thought that this was not a simple overrun or runway excursion.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Gabriel View Post
                  I don't.
                  Well, since you can't figure how to explain what happened and you don't like my explanation, then I think your only choice is to wait for some more data.

                  Until there's decent data from investigators (ideally including CVR and FDR information) (and not reported via questionable channels)- I think you are stuck waiting for a preliminary report, at best.

                  I suppose it could have been a 'simple' unstabilized approach and failure to watch airspeed*...does not explain some of the crazy radio communication...but S-turns to burn altitude, desire to fly over and come back (and burn altitude)...

                  Strange crashes call for broader speculation...

                  *Gabe cites evidence it may have 'fallen from the sky' versus a touchdown/off-the-side.
                  Les règles de l'aviation de base découragent de longues périodes de dur tirer vers le haut.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gabriel View Post
                    Tower: Do not turn towards runway 20, turn right [Uh? how can a left turn when in final approach to 02 will be an indication of going for 20?
                    DId they think he was just following the VOR down for 20 and then breaking off for a "downwind" to 02? The VOR is located about 4000ft before the 02 threshold on the extended centerline.

                    That's a 5.5° final!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 3WE View Post
                      You don't think "serious on board problem, possibly including fire and/or control problems" might be consistent with what we are hearing?
                      Originally posted by Gabriel
                      I don't.
                      Semi-factual review: (with one bit of speculation)

                      20 min of holding with no problems being mentioned at this point.

                      Several indications of an intention to switch to 20...and a left turn towards downwind. (Possibly something bad is going wrong and they can't make runway 2 due to being too high/a number of other causes?).

                      [missing data]

                      Plane flies low over the terminal & Tower in a SE direction and crashes.

                      Parlour Speculation regarding [missing data]:

                      They indeed join a downwind BUT something bad has gone wrong and the plane turns back towards the airport in a last-ditch emergency landing effort...maybe they can't quite make the field (in terms of a decent approach to the runway), but they get close, on a Southeastish heading eventually wind up pulling up as best as they can to extend the glide, eventually reach that relentless level as they are out of altitude, speed and ideas and stall out...
                      Les règles de l'aviation de base découragent de longues périodes de dur tirer vers le haut.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gabriel View Post
                        Tower: Do not turn towards runway 20, turn right [Uh? how can a left turn when in final approach to 02 will be an indication of going for 20?]
                        Like so?
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                        • #13
                          Latest comments on avherald say the plane landed on taxiway D which runs perpendicular to the runway...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Schwartz View Post
                            Latest comments on avherald say the plane SORT OF CRASH LANDED IN A SE DIRECTION on taxiway D which runs perpendicular to the runway AFTER PASSING LOW AND CLOSE TO THE TOWER AND TERMINAL...
                            Fixed, I think.

                            I think "landed on taxiway D" may be conveying way too much in the way of an 'intentional controlled action" as opposed to "a desperate non-ideal action or maybe even just a random occurrence".
                            Les règles de l'aviation de base découragent de longues périodes de dur tirer vers le haut.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Evan View Post
                              Like so?
                              I think Gabriel is saying, "How can the mere initiation of a left turn (which may have happened before any discussion) tell the tower that the plane is wanting to enter a right downwind for the other runway."

                              Changing runway is a possibility, but that's not the only thing a left turn might indicate.

                              Gabriel knows that a left turn is 'a method' to change runways.

                              All that being said, I don't find anything here of remarkable significance, while Gabriel may be a bit more fixed on it. I believe that we don't have 'the full story' and that any number of things (or slightly different order of events) could have 'told' the tower they were thinking about 20.
                              Les règles de l'aviation de base découragent de longues périodes de dur tirer vers le haut.

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