Bangladeshi airliner with 71 people on board crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, killing at least 50 people, an army spokesman told the news agency Reuters.
The plane’s flight number was BS 211 of US-Bangla Airlines, which is a private Bangladeshi airline which was founded in 2013 under a US-Bangladesh joint venture.
The plane was on the Dhaka-Kathmandu route and was of ST-211 make.
“We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited,” airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.
The airport has been shut down until further notice. All flights en-route Kathmandu have been diverted to Kolkata, Lucknow and Patna among other airports.
The plane that crashed is a turboprop, which is less powerful than the conventional turbojet planes.
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. (India Today)
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