Bangladesh passenger plane with 71 on board crash-lands near Nepal airport, 50 feared dead

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A Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers on board crashed near Kathmandu airport on Monday. Officials said that the plane was coming in to land and firefighters battled to extinguidh the burining wreckage and rescue passengers.

So far, as per reports, fifty people have died in the plane crash. Live footage posted on Facebook showed the towering columns of smoke rising behind the runway, where another plane stood waiting on the tarmac.

The video showed plumes of black smoke 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.


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