Bangladesh Plane Carrying 71 People Crashes In Nepal: Airport Official World News

Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal: airport official

A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said.

Rescue workers recovered badly burnt bodies from the wreckage of the aircraft, Reuters witness said. The number of dead and injured was not known. A Reuters photographer said he could see bodies covered in cloth laid out near the tarmac of the airport.

"We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited," he said, adding that the airport had been shut down and all other flights diverted.

"We're now concentrating on evacuating the passengers."

Television images showed smoke rising from the crash site.

Mountainous Nepal is notorious for air accidents. Small aircraft often run into trouble at provincial airstrips.

A Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land in Kathmandu in 1992 killing all on board.

US-Bangla Airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a U.S. Bangladeshi joint venture company.

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


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