51 people died in a plane crash in Nepal

51 people died in a plane crash in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 12th 2018, out of a total of 71 on board. 47 of those who died were passengers and four were crew members.

The US-Bangla Airlines airplane,  a de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8, was approaching for landing at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport before it hit the ground and caught fire. The ill-fated plane was on its final journey from Dhaka, Bangladesh, carrying mainly Nepalese and Bangladeshis.

the same type of airplane that had crashed

Cause(s) of the crash were not yet clear, of course, it is still too early, but the airline had blamed it on the air traffic control, and the airport said it was the plane that had landed from the wrong direction.

This crash has been described as the worst air crash in Nepal since 1992, when all 167 in a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashed.  The PIA accident itself was preceded just 59 days earlier by a Thai Airways International plane, in which all 113 people –  99 passengers and 14 crew members – perished when the plane crashed into the side of a mountain at 11,500 feet up as it was making its landing approach.

All in, there has been not less than 70 crashes involving planes and helicopters since 1949, the year an aircraft first landed in the country.

Nepal’s mountainous terrains (the Himalayan Range is its own backdrop, remember?), ever-changing weather system, thunderstorms, cross winds, pilot inexperience, and not the highest standards of maintenance have been said to contribute to the high number of crashes.


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Houston Open golf tournament

The Houston Open golf tournament is entering its final round in a few hours (Malaysian Time +8) from now. It’s going to be interesting.

Ian Poulter is the Joint Leader by two strokes – with Beau Hossler (have you heard of the name before?) – him being rather an unexpected forerunner. Poulter was way back on Day 1, made his climb on Day 2, and surprised everybody (but not himself?) by end of Day 3. It will be a big day for Poulter: a win today will entitle him to a place at next week’s first major, the Masters.

But the others are quite hot on his (their) heels. Fowler is -9, Spieth is just 4 back, the Ice Man is close behind at -11.

Will be an interesting final round for sure. Quite a bit is at stake. Poulter has not won on the PGA Tour since six long yeras ago. Beau Hossler’s win would be his first but more important, an invite to the Masters.

Signing off, here is wishing all the very best to Mr. Poulter!


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People flying low cost airlines not mentally low class

You will agree with me, I’m quite certain, that people who fly low cost airlines are not of low class mentality. They travel on such an airline because of its low cost (budget fares), or convenience, or availability, right?

After cruising at 35,000 feet up there above the clouds for about four hours or so, the airplane from this low cost airline we were in was gliding down for the touch down. With perhaps one more minute before the tyres would touch the tarmac — the stewardess having already made her standard announcement and instructions including “please switch off your handphones and electronic gadgets” — I was startled by at first one, then two, then three phones giving the notification tones. I mean, those three guys and the rest of us in that plane were not supposed to switch on — No! we were TOLD to SWITCH OFF — our smartphones and gadgets until we were in the airport building later.

An AirAsia airplane being readied for its flight carrying the airline’s customers to one of the cities within its vast network. Photo an illustration only.

Even if those three guys didn’t believe that switched-on smartphones could disturb all the electronics and communications and stuff in the cockpit, they must still obey the cabin crew’s very-simple-to-understand instructions. What if it’s true, what might have happened to the airplane and to all the passengers then? None of us wanted to die just yet. Didn’t those three guys know that we had brought back some tee-shirts and souvenirs for our family members and friends waiting for us at the arrival area or at home?

What can we say to such persons? Nothing. Because they are so empty-headed they cannot accept our friendly comment or advice. Instead of apologizing for their indiscipline, their fault,  they might even react in a rude or rough manner.

So if we are a person not in the position of authority, there is nothing we can do. We just have to accept the fact that there will be people who are of plain low-class mentality. Low class not because they travel in a low cost airline. They would have behaved the same low class way even if they were first class travelers in a normal airline.

Thank God their numbers are small. Although big enough to create plenty of troubles for the rest of mankind. We should be very thankful that our families and friends are not like them. Oh, always remember this:

People are not mentally low class just because they fly low cost airlines.


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