World At least 27 killed in Kathmandu plane crash: official

13:51  12 march  2018
13:51  12 march  2018 Source:   afp.com

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The US-Bangla Airlines plane , with 67 passengers and four crew on board, was arriving from Dhaka when it crashed into a football field near Kathmandu airport on making an unexpected turn in cloudy weather as it came in to land at the airport in Nepal's capital, killing at least 49 people, officials said.

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Update: At least 27 people were killed when a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed in Kathmandu on Monday, an official said.

"The chances of rescuing anyone (else) alive is slim now because the plane was badly burned," said army spokesman Gokul Bhandaree, who confirmed the deaths. Another official earlier said 20 injured people had been taken to hospital.

There were 67 passengers and four crew on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka.

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A Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers on board crashed near Kathmandu airport Monday as it was coming in to land, officials said, as firefighters battled to extinguish the burning wreckage and rescue passengers.

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At least 27 people were killed when a Bangladeshi airliner crashed in Kathmandu , Nepal on Monday. According to a Nepal official , some of the victims’ bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the US-Bangla Airlines that crashed in Nepal’s capital.

At least 49 people were killed when a plane approached the runway from the wrong direction, crashed and burst into flames while landing at Kathmandu 's Rescuers work to recover victims on March 12. Officials said 40 bodies were recovered at the scene and nine died at the hospital.

Plumes of black smoke could be seen 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.

Live footage posted on Facebook showed the towering columns of smoke rising behind the runway, where another plane stood waiting on the tarmac.

Emergency vehicles appeared to be heading into the smoke as people watched from a distance or filmed on their mobile phones.

Nepal has suffered a number of air disasters in recent years, dealing a blow to its tourist industry.

Its poor air safety record has been blamed largely on inadequate maintenance, inexperienced pilots and substandard management.

In early 2016, a Twin Otter turboprop aircraft slammed into a mountainside in Nepal killing all 23 people on board.

Two days later, two pilots were killed when a small passenger plane crash-landed in the country's hilly midwest.

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