US-Bangla Airlines plane carrying 71 passengers crashes at Kathmandu airport
A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued. The state of the other people on the flight from the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, operated by US-Bangla Airlines, was not clear, airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.
“There were 67 passengers and 4 crew members” aboard the plane, said airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur.
The aircraft S2-AGU careened off the runway during landing at 2:20 pm and crashed onto the football ground near TIA, Kathmandu Post newspaper quoted Thakur as saying.
“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.
Casualties are feared, and efforts are on to douse the burning plane. Emergency respondents and ambulances rushed to the football field where the plane crashed, Himalayan Times quoted airport sources are saying. According to airport officials, 17 passengers have been rescued. Those who were pulled out have been rushed to the hospital while the fire-fighters are trying to rescue remaining passengers. The plane is reported to be a 78-seater twin turbo prop aircraft.
The plane “became unstable” while descending and crashed, another airport official said.