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Passenger plane catches fire after crash landing at Kathmandu airport

Bodies recovere after plane careened off Kathmandu runway during crash landing

  • Rescuers stand near a passenger plane from Bangladesh that crashed at the airport in KathmanduImage Credit: AP
  • Rescuers stand near a passenger plane from Bangladesh that crashed at the airport in KathmanduImage Credit: AP
  • Fire-retardant foam blankets the partly burnt fuselage of the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft after it crash landeImage Credit: Twitter
  • Image Credit: FlightRadar24
  • The aircraft careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near the airport, catchImage Credit: Twitter

Kathmandu: At least 50 people were killed after a Bangladeshi plane crashed near Kathmandu airport Monday as it was coming in to land, officials said.

The aircraft had 67 passengers on board. Several others had been taken to hospital, an official of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) said.

There were 67 passengers and 4 crew members aboard the plane.

Victims' bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a Bangladeshi plane that crashed in Kathmandu on Monday, an official said

UPDATE: Bodies recovered from crashed plane in Nepal

"We just pulled out dead bodies and injured from the debris," government spokesman Narayan Prasad Duwadi told AFP.

Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the football pitch where the plane crashed, to the east of the runway at Nepal's only international airport.

Smoke billows out of the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft after it crash landed at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday.

"There were 67 passengers and 4 crew members" aboard the plane, said airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur.

"So far 20 injured have been taken to the hospital. Police and army are trying to cut apart the plane to rescue others," he added.

Live footage posted on Facebook showed the towering columns of smoke rising behind the runway, where another plane stood waiting on the tarmac.

Flight UBG211 was scheduled to land at 2.15pm at Kathmandu airport from Dhaka. — Flighradar24

Emergency vehicles appeared to be heading into the smoke as people watched from a distance or filmed on their mobile phones.

Nepal has suffered a number of air disasters in recent years, dealing a blow to its tourist industry.

Emergency vehicles appeared to be heading into the smoke as people watched from a distance or filmed on their mobile phones.

Nepal has suffered a number of air disasters in recent years, dealing a blow to its tourist industry.

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