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‘Save Me, Save Me’: Scores Dead in Plane Crash in Kathmandu

Some were short on fuel as they waited. The airport reopened about two and a half hours later.

The posted schedule of the crashed plane identified it as Flight 211, a Bombardier Dash 8 from Dhaka, scheduled to land at 2:15 p.m., around the actual time of the crash. The plane, a twin-engine turboprop, can carry as many as 78 passengers.

US-Bangla Airlines began operations in 2014, and its route between Dhaka and Kathmandu was its first international one, said the CAPA-Center for Aviation, a research group in Sydney, Australia. The airline is a subsidiary of the US-Bangla Group, a joint American-Bangladeshi company.

On Monday evening, huge crowds poured into the Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital, about a 15-minute drive from the airport. The courtyard was packed and people were spilling into the street, on their phones, looking anxious. This was the hospital where doctors were treating the badly burned survivors — the passengers were a mix of Nepalis and Bangladeshis, including businessmen and medical students.

One well-dressed middle-aged man stood by himself in the hospital’s lobby. His eyes welled with tears.

His name was Tilak Neupane and he runs a travel agency in Kathmandu. Two of his employees were on board, he said. They died.

US-Bangla Airlines had offered them a free trip to Dhaka, in appreciation of all the tickets they had sold.

“The airline called it a friend trip,’’ Mr. Neupane said.

“I don’t know what else to say,” he whispered. “I’m in so much pain.”

He then leaned against the wall and began to sob.

Source: NYT > World

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