US-Bangla Airlines passenger aircraft crashed at Kathmandu
US-Bangla Airlines passenger aircraft crashed at Kathmandu. A US-Bangla airlines aircraft has crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu today, The Kathmandu Post said. US-Bangla Airlines plane crashes while landing at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport
Contacted over phone, Abdullah al Mamun, managing director of US-Bangla Airlines, told The Media around 3:20pm that they were trying to contact with the control tower of TIA to know what exactly happened to the craft and would inform immediately.
The aircraft careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA, The Kathmandu Post said quoting TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.
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The aircraft with call sign S2-AGU took off from Dhaka and landed at TIA at 2:20 pm.
The aircraft caught fire following the crash. Rescue team of TIA and Nepal Army personnel have been engaged in rescue operation.
The TIA authority has suspected casualties. But the details are sketchy.
Casualties are feared, and efforts are on to douse the burning plane, which reportedly had 67 people on board, reports said.
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Emergency respondents and ambulances rushed to the football field where the plane crashed, Himalayan Times quoted airport sources are saying.
According to airport officials, 17 passengers have been rescued.
Those who were pulled out have been rushed to the hospital while the fire-fighters are trying to rescue remaining passengers.
The aircraft S2-AGU, which took off from Dhaka for Kathmandu, careened off the runway during landing at 2:20 pm and crashed onto the football ground near TIA, Kathmandu Post newspaper quoted TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur as saying.
The plane is reported to be a 78-seater twin turbo prop aircraft.
“We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited,” airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.
The plane “became unstable” while descending and crashed, another airport official said. (With inputs from Reuters)