At least 50 people have been killed as a US Bangla airlines plane, carrying 67 passengers and four crews, crashed onto a football ground near Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.
The plane veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon. Photo: BBC
At least 50 people were killed and seventeen others rescued in critical condition from the aircraft, Skynews reported quoting an army personnel who is leading the rescue operation in the airport.
17 injured passengers have been admitted to the different hospitals of Kathmandu.
Of the onboard passengers, 37 male and 28 female and two children were traveling to Kathmandu, according to US Bangla Airlines authorities.
The cause of the crash is not yet known. Photo: BBC
Confirming the information, US Bangla Airlines General Manager ( Marketing Support and PR ) MD Kamrul Islam said: "Black box of the aircraft was rescued from the spot. Details will be informed later."
The TIA authorities in Kathmandu have suspected an awful casualty but the details are still sketchy, according to Kathmandu Post.
According to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur, the aircraft caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA.
The aircraft with call sign S2-AGU took off from Dhaka and landed at TIA at 2:20 pm.
Rescue teams of TIA and Nepal Army personnel have been engaged in the rescue operation.
The plane lost control when it attempted to land on the runway, Kathmandu Post reported quoting Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam.
“The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway flying over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” said Gautam suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches. “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he added.
Basanta Bohora who was on board in the aircraft recalled that the take-off was normal from Dhaka but when the plane approached the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for landing in Kathmandu, the aircraft began to behave strangely, reports Kathmandu Post.
“All of a sudden the plane shook violently and there was a loud bang afterwards,” he said, “I was seated near the window and was able to break out of the window.”