Over 50 people were feared dead after a Bangladesh aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in Kathmandu. At least 17 people on board had been rescued, as per latest reports.
According to airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha, the state of the other people on the flight from Dhaka, operated by US-Bangla Airlines, was not clear. “We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited,” he said, adding that the airport had been shut down and all other flights diverted. “We’re now concentrating on evacuating the passengers,” he added.
Television images showed smoke billowing from the crash site.
Kathmandu’s airport has been the site of several deadly crashes. In September 2012, a Sita Air turboprop plane carrying trekkers to Mount Everest hit a bird and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 19 on board.