US-Bangla Plane Crashes, Catches Fire At Kathmandu Airport heavy casualties feared

Source: Agencies | By I.G. Bhatkali | Published on 12th March 2018, 3:40 PM | Global News |

KATHMANDU: An aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu has caught fire while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday.

Efforts are ongoing to douse the burning plane and emergency respondents and ambulances are rushing to the site of incident, airport sources said.

According to sources, fourteen passengers were pulled out and rushed to the Kathmandu Medical College And Teaching Hospital in Sinamangal, Kathmandu while the fire-fighters are trying to rescue other remaining passengers. It’s a 78 seater twin turbo prop aircraft, sources added.

According to the spokesperson of Tribhuvan International Airport, Prem Nath Thakur, the aircraft caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA.

Officials said there were suspected “technical glitches” which made the plane “unstable” as it landed.

 

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