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50 Feared Dead As US-Bangla Plane Crashes In Kathmandu

| March 12 , 2018 , 17:28 IST

A passenger plane crashed on Monday around 2:30 pm at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. The aircraft was from Bangladesh's US-Bangla Airlines. Local media reports suggest that the plane fell into the eastern part of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

The US-Bangla Airlines flight 211 was landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport on a flight from Dhaka.

While the exact number of fatalities is not out yet, media reports suggest that 50 people have lost their lives in the tragic accident. Kathmandu Airport spokesman Premnath Thakur said 20 passengers are seriously injured in the incident who have been admitted to the hospital.

The plane crashed in a football ground near the Airport. After the accident, black smoke was seen coming from the plane, after seeing which emergency vehicle arrived on the spot for help.

According to Thakur, the incident happened when the plane was trying to land. At the moment, the army and local police are cutting off the parts of the plane and are trying to evacuate people stranded inside. 

The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. Officials have also expressed their apprehensions of some technical problems in the aircraft. It has been informed from the airport that there were 40 men, 29 women and 2 children on board including 4 crew members. After the crash, the airport has been closed.

Significantly, in the last few years, many such accidents have been reported in Nepal. Earlier in 2016, two engine aircraft have collided with part of a mountain. Hilly Nepal is already famous for air accidents.