Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal

By: With Reuters

Published: 12 March 2018 Image credit: Reuters


A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew has crashed while coming in to land in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Seventeen people on board have been rescued, but the state of the other people on the flight was not clear, airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.

“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.

The flight was coming from the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and was operated by US-Bangla Airlines.

Mountainous Nepal is notorious for air accidents. Small aircraft often run into trouble at provincial airstrips. A Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land in Kathmandu in 1992, killing all on board.

US-Bangla Airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a US Bangladeshi joint venture company.

The Bangladeshi carrier launched operations in July 2014 and operates Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) and Boeing (BA.N) aircraft.