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An aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu has caught fire while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday. The 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 said aricraft crashed near Kathmandu airport on Monday as it was coming in to land, officials said, as firefighters battled to extinguish the burning wreckage and rescue passengers.
It is said that the condition of 50 passengers on board the burning plane is unknown. As many as 71 persons, including four crew members, were on-board the aircraft.
25 injured were taken to Kathmandu Medical College, Teaching Hospital in Sinamangal, of which seven were pronounced dead upon arrival, according to TIA Spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.
“The plane shoot off the run away while it was about to crash into the hanger and immediately caught fire,” airport official said.
Efforts are ongoing to douse the burning plane and emergency respondents and ambulances are rushing to the site of incident, airport sources said.
Rescue workers recovered badly burnt bodies from the wreckage of the plane.
Live footage posted on Facebook showed the towering columns of smoke rising behind the runway, where another plane stood waiting on the tarmac.
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, in the capital Kathmandu.
“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.
Emergency vehicles appeared to be heading into the smoke as people watched from a distance or filmed on their mobile phones.
“We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited,” airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said, adding that the airport had been shut down and all other flights diverted.
“We’re now concentrating on evacuating the passengers,” the official added.
Mountainous Nepal is notorious for air accidents. Small aircraft often run into trouble at provincial airstrips.
A Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land in Kathmandu in 1992 killing all on board.
US-Bangla Airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a U.S. Bangladeshi joint venture company.
The Bangladeshi carrier launched operations in July 2014 and operates Bombardier Inc and Boeing aircraft.
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