Plane crashes at Kathmandu airport; Seven people rescued


A Bangladesh airline passenger aircraft has crashed in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Passengers were being evacuated from the plane and fire fighters at the spot were trying to extinguish the fire.

A Bangladesh passenger aircraft crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal's capital Kathmandu after "becoming unstable while descending", an airport official said Monday, with a government spokesperson reporting fatalities.

According to initial reports, rescue operation has started with firefighters setting blaze off from the aircraft that was carrying almost 67 passengers on board. The number of dead and injured was not known.

The plane then crashed onto a football ground near the airport at 2.20pm.

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An airport spokesperson told the Kathmandu Post there are fears of casualties.

A huge cloud of smoke was seen rising from the airport, say eyewitnesses. "Details are awaited", airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said, according to News18.

FlightRadar24 said the aircraft involved is a "17-year-old Bombardier Dash 8 Q400".

Kathmandu's airport has been the site of several deadly crashes.

US-Bangla Airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a US Bangladeshi joint venture company.