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.
Images posted on social media showed smoke rising from the airport.
Gutted but lucky to be alive - this airplane missed the Kathmandu domestic airport area(where I was waiting for my helicopter to fly to Lukla) by a few kilometers.— Obi [WAN] (@_obi_wan_kenobi) March 12, 2018
I climbed to the domestic airport rooftop to see what happened. Found this -
P.S. hoping there are no casualties pic.twitter.com/6elGCeFeOJ
Meanwhile in airport. Must be a plane. ☹️ pic.twitter.com/zD0J4DBxwE— Rushu (@roohsaa) March 12, 2018
Breaking: Plane crashed when they were landed in Kathmandu airport. pic.twitter.com/Gk8tNYdPv7— Dil Nisani Magar (@dil_nisani) March 12, 2018
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.