49 passengers dead after plane crashes at Kathmandu Airport

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India 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. 

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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.