Bangla aircraft crashes in Kathmandu; 17 passengers rescued

Kathmandu Airport Nepal

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

The US-Bangla airline aircraft crashed on Monday near the global airport of Kathmandu when landing, media reported citing airport officials. I saw the plane make a sharp turn over the terminal back toward south and then disappeared toward the runway.

Seven people were rescued.

Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said 17 injured passengers were rushed to hospital.

A Reuters photographer said he could see bodies covered in cloth laid out near the tarmac of the airport.

The plane can reportedly carry 67 passengers and firefighters were at the scene trying to extinguish a fire, and an airport spokesperson feared that there are a number of casualties.

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The passenger aircraft has been identified as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, but this has not been officially confirmed. "Details are awaited", airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said, according to News18.

"We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing".

Fire crews put out the flames very quickly, perhaps within a minute, she said, though clouds of thick, dark smoke rose into the sky above Kathmandu, the capital of the Himalayan nation. I saw it when it happened.

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