Published:  03:38 AM, 14 March 2018

Tribhuvan Int'l Airport: A hole of death


At least 182 persons killed in nine aircraft crashes in Nepal in the last eight years. The Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu is one the most dangerous airports in the world.

All the Nepalese airlines are banned in European Union (EU) countries as EU security affairs officers have no faith on the civil aviation authorities of Nepal and its policymakers, said a report of Britain's daily The Independent.

 Some 17 airports in Nepal are in the Air Safety list of European Union. Those are considered as dangerous airports in the world due to lack of necessary safety standards.

Pilots face several challenges during the landing of aircrafts at the Kathmandu airport. A hill is located behind the runway of the airport and a deep hole is located its right side. Landing is possible at the airport just after crossing the hill. If there is any mistake, the plane may crash with the hill or fall into the hole.

When the journey by plane is being popular at different places across the world, Nepal becomes headlines of the newspapers due to frequent plane accidents. 

At least 14 persons died from a plane crash in Nepal in 2010, when the plane failed to land due to technical glitch. Some 22 others died from another accident there on December in 2010.

At least 15 people died from a crash at the airport during the landing and 19 others died, while an aircraft of Sita Air was crashed in the airport immediately after it took off in 2012.  Some 16 persons were killed, while a helicopter of Buddha Air was crashed near the Kathmandu airport on September in 2011.

In 2014, some 18 passengers were killed in a crash, while a twin otter helicopter of Nepal Airways was going to Pokhra from Jumla.  Some 23 persons died from an aircraft crash in 2016. After two days of the accident, two others were killed in another crash.

The International Civil Aviation Organization is working hard to reduce death toll from accidents.  The organization sources said, Nepal is a good country. But, its airports are very risky due to uneven lands. Huge hills have made the country vulnerable for landing and take-off aircrafts. Alongside, the risk is high due to use of old aircrafts and inefficient pilots.

It is mentionable that at least 50 people died, as an aircraft of US-Bangla from Dhaka along with 67 passengers, two pilots and two cabin crews was crashed at the Kathmandus' Tribhuvan airport, while it was landing. The rest others are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in Nepal.





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