At least 38 people are dead and 23 injured after a plane crashed Monday afternoon at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, the news agency AP quoted a Nepal Police official as saying.
The police official added that 10 people passengers were still unaccounted for.
— ANI (@ANI) March 12, 2018
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.
I climbed to the domestic airport rooftop to see what happened. Found this –
P.S. hoping there are no casualties pic.twitter.com/6elGCeFeOJ
— Obi [WAN] (@_obi_wan_kenobi) March 12, 2018
— Narayan Amrit (@amritna) March 12, 2018
— prazeet (@pzstha) 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.