March 21, 2018

50 feared dead as Bangladesh passenger plane crash-lands at Kathmandu airport

12 March 2018, 12:43 | Cesar Cruz

Crash The passenger flight from Dhaka Bangladesh landed in Kathmandu Nepal but ended up careening off the runway and crashing in a nearby field

Crash The passenger flight from Dhaka Bangladesh landed in Kathmandu Nepal but ended up careening off the runway and crashing in a nearby field

The plane that crashed is a turboprop.

A spokesman for the airport said: "We are trying to bring the fire under control".

The US-Bangla airlines "caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA", the Kathmandu Post reported on Monday.

Seventeen people on board had been rescued. The number of dead and injured was not known.

An airport spokesperson told the paper that many casualties were feared.

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Another official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of airport policy, said the flight was arriving from Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. Videos posted to social media sites appeared to show the badly damaged plane after the flames were extinguished.

The plane was carrying 67 passengers and four crew members, according to media reports. "Details are awaited", airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said, according to News18.

A US-Bangla Airlines Flt BS211, a DHC-8-Q400 (S2-AGU) has crashed on landing at Kathmandu, Nepal, during a thunderstorm.

The private carrier US-Bangla Airlines spread its wings beyond the Bangladeshi airspace on May 15 in 2016 with its maiden global flight to Kathmandu.

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