49 passengers dead after plane crashes at Kathmandu Airport

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 12, 2018, 09:18 AM(IST)

There were 71 people on board the plane. In photo: Rescue workers at the site of the crash. Photograph:( Reuters )

At least 49 people are dead and 22 injured after a plane crashed Monday afternoon at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, reports said.

A police official added that 10 passengers were still unaccounted for. 

There were a total of 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane. 

The plane (call sign S2-AGU) had been flying in from Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Reuters reported a Kathmandu Airport official as saying the passenger plane "became unstable" while descending and crashed. 

Also read: Rescue workers pull bodies out of the wreckage

Images posted on social media showed smoke rising from the airport. 






Other reports quoted TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur as saying the plane caught fire after it careened off the runway while landing and crashed into a football ground near the airport. 

TIA and Nepal Army teams have been rushed into rescue operations. 



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