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Bangla Airlines' Flight Carrying 67 Crashes At Kathmandu Airport

Bangla Airlines' Flight Carrying 67 Crashes At Kathmandu Airport

Seventeen people on board had been rescued.

According to an airport official, the US-Bangla Airlines plane appeared to catch fire just before it landed and skidded to a stop in a field beside the runway on Monday afternoon.

A passenger plane owned by a joint Bangladeshi-U.S. firm has reportedly crashed in Kathmandu, Nepal, catching on fire after careening off the runway.

According to local media reports, the 78-seater twin turbo prop aircraft S2-AGU took off from Dhaka for Kathmandu and crashed at 2:20 pm. "Details are awaited", he said.

The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu has been closed for operations.

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A huge cloud of smoke was seen rising from the airport, say eyewitnesses.

Another official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of airport policy, said the flight was arriving from Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway.

Following the crash landing by the aircraft, all flights to and from TIA have been halted.

The private carrier US-Bangla Airlines spread its wings beyond the Bangladeshi airspace on May 15 in 2016 with its maiden global flight to Kathmandu.


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