Plane crash in Nepal, casualties feared

Kathmandu Airport Nepal

TWITTER CRASH A plane crashed at Kathmandu Airport in Nepal creating a huge cloud of smoke

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

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

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

According to an airport official, the US-Bangla Airlines plane appeared to catch fire just before it landed and skidded to a stop in a field beside the runway on Monday afternoon.

Further details of the crash are still awaited.

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Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said that around 17 injured passengers were rescued and sent to various hospitals for treatment, The Kathmandu Post reported.

Victims' bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, an official said. The aircraft took off from Dhaka and landed at the airport at 2:20 pm (local time). 7.

Television images showed smoke rising from the crash site.

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

The Bangladeshi carrier launched operations in July 2014 and operates Bombardier Inc and Boeing aircraft. Reports suggest the flight was a US-Bangla Airline's flight.

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