Rescue workers sift through the debris of the crashed Pakistani airline in a rough terrain in Bhattle Danda, Nepal. - Gulf News Archives

Pakistani plane crashes in Nepal

1992 - A Pakistani airliner crashes in a rainstorm and burst into flames as it was about to land at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport, killing all 167 people on board. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus 300 hit a hill eight nautical miles south of the airport after a scheduled flight from Karachi in the second major air disaster near the airport in two months. “The wreckage of the aircraft is burning and chances of tracing any survivors are remote,” senior airport official said. There were no survivors from PIA’s flight PK268. A statement issued by the airline said the 167 people on board included 148 passengers, 12 crew, four air guards and three aircraft engineers. PIA officials said the passengers included 12 Pakistanis, 35 Britons, 38 Spaniards, 29 Nepalese, 13 Dutch nationals, 10 Italians, three American, two Swiss nationals, two Canadians, two Bangladeshis, one German and one Japanese. The cause of crash was not immediately known, but airport sources said the aircraft was flying about 450 metres feet below its prescribed altitude.

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