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

A passenger plane with at least 67 people on-board has crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, 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.

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

According to the Kathmandu Post there were 37 male, 27 female and two children aboard the plane.

Thee Himalayan Times reported that 33 of the passengers were Nepali nationals.

The Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft 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 thick smoke is seen rising in the background.

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