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Plane crash at Nepal's Kathmandu airport


Plane crash at Nepal's Kathmandu airport

A plane has crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, officials say. The plane, operated by US-Bangla, a Bangladeshi airline, veered off the runway while landing on Monday (Mar 12) afternoon, causing a blaze that firefighters have been tackling.

About 67 people were thought to be on board, the BBC reported citing officials. A number of people have been injured, Nepal police spokesperson Manoj Neupane told BBC News Nepali.

The plane can reportedly carry 78 passengers, local news site My Republica reported.

Photos and video posted on social media showed smoke rising from an airport runway. The plane was identified in local media as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, but this has not been officially confirmed.

The flight landed at TIA airport, also known as Kathmandu International Airport, at 14:20 local time (08:35 GMT), according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

- Source: BBC News

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