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Last updated: 15 January 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 12 March 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8D model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
Operator:US-Bangla Airlines
Registration: S2-AGU
C/n / msn: 4041
First flight: 2001
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 67
Total:Fatalities: 51 / Occupants: 71
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM) (   Nepal)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dhaka-Shahjalal International Airport (DAC/VGHS), Bangladesh
Destination airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
US-Bangla Airlines flight 211, a DHC-8-Q400 (S2-AGU), crashed after landing at Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport, Nepal.
The aircraft departed Dhaka, Bangladesh at 12:52 hours local time (06:52 UTC), with 67 passengers and four crew members on board. The flight climbed to a cruising altitude of FL240 and proceeded towards Kathmandu. At the time of arrival near Kathmandu a thunderstorm was passing the airport with cumulonimbus clouds passing at 2500ft.
The aircraft was cleared for an approach to runway 02. Apparently the approach was aborted and the flight crew radioed that they were performing a right hand orbit. Initially the air traffic controller replied that they could not land in the opposite direction (runway 20) because other traffic on finals. The controller requested approaching traffic to hold and asked flight 211 if they wanted to land on runway 02 or 20. The flight crew replied: "we like to land on two-zero". The flight was then cleared to land on runway 20 with wind reported at 260 degrees, 6 knots. Initially the flight crew did not have the runway in sight, but the flight then radioed: "Affirmative, we have [...] runway in sight, requesting to land, Sir". The flight was again cleared to land. The pilot read back: "cleared to land runway 02", though clearance had been given for runway 20 initially. The air traffic controller then also read back the clearance for runway 02.
The aircraft touched down at about 1700 meters past the threshold and to the left of the centerline of runway 20. The aircraft then ran off the left side of the runway, ran through the inner perimeter fence of the airport area, moved down along rough down slope and finally stopped at about 442 meters southeast from its initial touchdown point.
A fire erupted. A total of 22 passengers initially survived the accident. Two later died of their injuries.

The Kathmandu Post published a story on August 27, 2018, purportedly based on a draft of the final accident investigation report. The newspaper states that the captain of the flight was going through tremendous personal mental stress and anxiety. He showed erratic behaviour and seemed to be fatigued and tired due to lack of sleep. During the flight he was crying on several occasions. During the final approach he lit a cigarette and continued non-pertinent conversation with the first officer.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIC Nepal
Status: Investigation ongoing

Runway excursion

» AAIC Preliminary report
» EXCLUSIVE: US-Bangla pilot was mentally stressed and reckless (, 27 August 2018)

METAR Weather report:
08:20 UTC / 14:05 local time:
VNKT 120820Z 28008KT 240V320 6000 TS FEW015 FEW025CB SCT030 22/11 Q1015 NOSIG CB TO SE S AND SW

08:50 UTC / 14:35 local time:
VNKT 120850Z 26007KT 140V300 7000 FEW015 FEW025CB SCT030 BKN100 21/10 Q1015 NOSIG CB TO SE AND S


photo of de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 D-ADHR
D-ADHR was re-registered S2-AGU in May 2014 and went to US-Bangla Airlines
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
2001 C-FGNP Bombardier first flight
30 April 2001 N385BC Bombardier Capital registered
19 May 2001 LN-RDX SAS Scandinavian Airlines registered
3 July 2002 N533DS Bombardier Capital registered
17 October 2005 C-FFUV Bombardier registered
24 October 2005 JY-ASM Royal Jordanian Airlines leased
22 Jan. 2008 C-FRGT Bombardier registered
22 May 2008 D-ADHR Augsburg Airways registered
28 Oct. 2013 D-ADHR Augsburg Airways stored at Maastricht
30 May 2014 S2-AGU US-Bangla Airlines registered
4 Sep. 2015 S2-AGU US-Bangla Airlines veered off runway at Syedpur Airport

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Dhaka-Shahjalal International Airport to Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport as the crow flies is 658 km (411 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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