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Passenger plane crashes, catches fire at Kathmandu airport

Passenger plane crashes, catches fire at Kathmandu airport Passenger plane crashes, catches fire at Kathmandu airport
Melinda Barton | 12 March, 2018, 12:41

A Bangladesh airline passenger jet with 78 people on board crashed while landing at Nepal's Kathmandu airport on Monday, reported worldwide media.

Victims' bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a Bangladeshi plane that crashed in Kathmandu on Monday (Mar 12), an official said.

The plane caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near the Kathmandu airport.

A spokesman for the airport said: "We are trying to bring the fire under control".

Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said 17 injured passengers have been rescued and sent to different hospitals for treatment. "Details are awaited", airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.

The flight was arriving from Bangladesh, said an airport official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of airport policy.

On March 4, a Jessore bound US-Bangla Airline's plane made a safe emergency landing in Dhaka.

Officials said there were suspected "technical glitches" which made the plane "unstable" as it landed.

The Bangladeshi carrier launched operations in July 2014 and operates Bombardier Inc and Boeing aircraft.

Fire crews put out the flames very quickly, perhaps within a minute, she said, though clouds of thick, dark smoke rose into the sky above Kathmandu, the capital of the Himalayan nation.