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DH8D, Kathmandu Nepal, 2018

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On 12 March 2018, a Bombardier DHC8-400 departed the side of the runway at Kathmandu soon after making a late touchdown off a non-precision approach and subsequently caught fire. The aircraft was destroyed and 47 of the 71 occupants died and the remainder were seriously injured. An Aircraft Accident Investigation Commission has been established and has confirmed that a Final Report will be published upon the conclusion of its work which is being assisted by the Canadian TSB.
Event Details
When March 2018
Actual or Potential
Event Type
Fire Smoke and Fumes, Runway Excursion
Day/Night Day
Flight Conditions VMC
Flight Details
Operator US Bangla Airlines
Domicile Bangladesh
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Origin Shahjalal International Airport
Intended Destination Kathmandu/Tribhuvan International Airport
Actual Destination Kathmandu/Tribhuvan International Airport
Take off Commenced Yes
Flight Airborne Yes
Flight Completed Yes
Flight Phase Landing
Tag(s) Post Crash Fire
Tag(s) Late Touchdown,
Off side of Runway
Damage or injury No
Aircraft damage Hull loss
Non-aircraft damage Yes
Injuries Most or all occupants
Fatalities Many occupants (47)
Investigation Type
Type Independent


On 12 March 2018, a Bombardier DHC-8-400 (S2-AGU) being operated by US Bangla Airlines on a scheduled international passenger flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh to Kathmandu as UBG 211 left the side of the destination landing runway 20 shortly after a late touchdown after making a VOR/DME approach in day VMC. It continued through the airport’s inner perimeter fence, caught fire and was destroyed. Forty seven of the 67 passengers and all four crew members were fatally injured and the remaining 20 passengers survived with serious injuries.


An Aircraft Accident Investigation Commission was established on the day of the accident in accordance with the Civil Aviation (Accident Investigation) Regulation (2016) of Nepal and a Preliminary Report was issued on 9 April 2018.

This Report states that the aircraft touched down 1700 metres beyond the threshold of the 3050 metre-long landing runway before veering off the runway to the left and crashing through the airport’s inner perimeter fence. It then continued along a downslope and eventually came to a stop 442 metres southeast of the initial touchdown position. It is also confirmed that the CVR, DFDR and QAR as well as recovered items including the EGPWS have been sent to the Canadian TSB for download and analysis.

The weather conditions at the time of the accident at the 4395 feet altitude airport were reported to have been a light westerly wind, a visibility of 6 to 7 km and a surface temperature of 22° C with scattered cloud at 1500 feet aal and few (1-2 oktas) Cumulonimbus cloud at 2500 feet aal over the southern side of the Kathmandu Valley where there was “thunder and lighting”.

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