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50 dead as Bangladesh aircraft crashes in Nepal

Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Fifty people were killed after a Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers on board crashed near Kathmandu airport on Monday as it was about to land, officials said.

The US-Bangla plane crashed after becoming unstable while landing, an airport official told The Kathmandu Post.

The passengers reportedly included 30 Bangladeshi, 35 Nepali, one each from China and the Maldives and four Bangladeshi crews.

Several bodies have been recovered from the crash site, AFP reported, quoting an unidentified official. An unidentified official told AP that 38 bodies were recovered, 23 injured, and 10 still unaccounted for.

“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.

“There were 67 passengers and 4 crew members” aboard the plane, said airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur.
“So far 20 injured have been taken to the hospital. Police and army are trying to cut apart the plane to rescue others,” he added.

The Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Sanjiv Gautam said the aircraft was permitted to land from the southern side of the runway, but it landed from the northern side.“We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he added.

The Nepali prime minister, KP Sharma Oli, tweeted that he was “extremely shocked” by the incident.

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