Plane crash at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport

A plane has crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, officials say.

US-Bangla airlines aircraft carrying 67 passengers crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday.

Airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur told the Kathmandu Post the aircraft veered off the runway while it was landing and crashed onto a nearby football pitch.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane lost control when it attempted to land on the runway. “The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway flying over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” said Gautam suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches. “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing” he added.

The plane is believed to have taken off from Dhaka, Bangladesh, before crashing at the airport in nearby Nepal at about 2.20pm local time. The plane caught fire following the crash and an airport rescue team is working with the army as part of a rescue operation.

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