Nepal plane crash sees aircraft burst into flames at Kathmandu airport, fatalities feared

Nepal plane crash sees aircraft burst into flames at Kathmandu airport, fatalities feared

Witnesses reported seeing the plane crash while descending to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal before crashing at a nearby football ground.

Officials have not confirmed the status of passengers but fatalities are expected after the plane erupted into flames after crashing. 

Airport officials said 67 people were on board the plane when it crash landed at the airport, skid off the runway and burst into flames. 

Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said 17 injured passengers were rushed to hospital. He did not confirm the status of the other passengers.

Shocking photos taken at the scene of the crash show the extent of the damage to the plane. 

One image shows dozens of soldiers searching the wreakage of the plane, which is burned and crumpled. 

Another photos show emgergency crews facing a huge fire engulfing an area off the runway. 

The plane is believed to have been travelling from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, when it crashed in Kathmandu.

An aviation official said the plane lost control as it attempted to land.

Sanjiv Gautam said: “The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway flying over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side.

“We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing.”

Flight trackers Air Live said: "A Bangladesh passenger aircraft ‘became unstable’ while descending, crashes at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport – airport official.

"Casualties are feared after a plane crashed at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, sending a huge cloud of smoke into the air, say eyewitnesses."

FlightRadar24 said the aircraft involved is a “17-year-old Bombardier Dash 8 Q400”.

A spokesman for the airport said: “We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited.”

One witness said on Twitter: “An Airplane just crashed at the Kathmandu International Airport. I saw it when it happened. OMG!"

Rescue and emergency teams are at the scene.

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

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