Plane crashes at Kathmandu airport; Seven people rescued

Kathmandu Plane Crash Sends Smoke Billowing, but Casualties Unclear

Victims' bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a Bangladeshi plane that crashed in Kathmandu on Monday (Mar 12), an official said. "We just pulled out dead bodies and injured from the debris", government spokesman Narayan Prasad Duwadi told AFP. Flights to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) are now holding or are being diverted.

Airport officials said 67 people were on board the Dash 8.

Kathmandu Plane Crash Sends Smoke Billowing, but Casualties Unclear

Further details of the crash are still awaited.

"We are in the process of putting out the fire and rescuing the passengers", airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur said to reporters.

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Two days later, two pilots were killed when a small passenger plane crash-landed in the country's hilly midwest. Videos posted to social media sites appeared to show the badly damaged plane after the flames were extinguished.

A plane has crashed at Kathmandu's global airport, but as yet there has been no news of casualties.

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Nepal has suffered a number of air disasters in recent years, dealing a blow to its tourist industry. Small aircraft often run into trouble at provincial airstrips.

The Kathmandu Post quoted a spokesperson for the airport as saying the plan slid off the runway after landing and ended up on fire in an adjacent sports. It is a subsidiary of US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint venture company. It commenced operations with domestic flights on 17 July 2014.

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