Bangladesh aircraft crashes at Nepal's Kathmandu airport

Bangladesh aircraft crashes at Nepal's Kathmandu airport

Kathmandu: A US-Bangla Airlines plane carrying 67 passengers on Monday crash landed after catching fire at Nepal's worldwide airport in Kathmandu, officials said. In September 2012, a Sita Air turboprop plane carrying trekkers to Mount Everest hit a bird and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 19 on board.

Operated by US-Bangla, a Bangladeshi airline, the plane veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon.

"We are trying to bring the fire under control". The plane reportedly had 67 passengers, out of which 17 have been rescued, airport officials have mentioned. "We just pulled out dead bodies and injured from the debris", government spokesman Narayan Prasad Duwadi told AFP. 5. "Details are awaited", he said.

The plane caught fire following the crash and an airport rescue team is working with the army as part of a rescue operation.

Nepalese rescuers stand near a passenger plane from Bangladesh that crashed at the airport in Kathmandu Nepal Monday

The flight swerved off the runway during landing and crashed into a soccer field about 2:20 p.m., The Kathmandu Post reported, citing an airport spokesman. A plume of black smoke marked the site of the crash at the start of the runaway.

It was unclear if there were any fatalities, though an AP journalist saw the US-Bangla Airlines plane broken into several pieces, with dozens of firefighters and rescue workers clustered around the wreckage. Small aircraft often run into trouble at provincial airstrips.

US-Bangla is a private Bangladeshi carrier.

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