US-Bangla plane crash-lands at Kathmandu airport, casualty feared

Authorities suspect casualties as plane with 67 passengers crash-lands at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

A passenger plane with at least 67 passengers has crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, with thick, black smoke seen rising from the grounds, according to media reports.

The US-Bangla airlines “caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA”, the Kathmandu Post reported on Monday.

UPDATE First footage showing a huge cloud of smoke into the air near Kathmandu airport. Updates: http://ift.tt/2GhEodf pic.twitter.com/jUwhBqrxrI

BREAKING First picture from crash site, the turboprop aircraft appears to be a Bombardier Dash-8 Q400. Updates: http://ift.tt/2GhEodf pic.twitter.com/0FeVLSgisY

View image on TwitterThe paper said that at least 17 passengers have been rescued and sent to city hospitals for treatment, as rescue efforts continued.

The plane took off from the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, to the Himalayan capital.

Images posted on social media showed workers at the airport standing at the runway and grounds, as smoke is seen in the background.

More soon.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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