Injuries reported after plane crash-lands at Nepali airport

Andrew Cummings
March 12, 2018

An aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of the Himalayan country on Monday.

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

The plane is said to have had almost 70 people on board; initial reports say 17 have been rescued but casualties are feared. "Details are awaited", he said.

A plane has crashed at an airport and veered off the runway into a nearby football pitch, according to Nepalese media. The number of dead and injured was not known.

Another official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of airport policy, said the flight was arriving from Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital.

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

The plane was identified in local media as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, but this has not been officially confirmed.

The airport authorities said that the technical malfunction could have caused the crash.

The Kathmandu Post quoted a spokesperson for the airport as saying the plan slid off the runway after landing and ended up on fire in an adjacent sports. US-Bangla Airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a U. S.

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