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US-Bangla Airlines plane crashes while landing at Kathmandu airport

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Kathmandu: A passenger plane of private carrier US-Bangla Airlines boarding 67 people crash-landed near Tribhuvan international airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday and caught fire.

Efforts are on to douse the burning plane, which reportedly had 67 people on board and casualties are feared.

Emergency respondents and ambulances rushed to the football field where the plane crashed, Himalayan Times quoted airport sources are saying.

According to airport officials, 17 passengers have been rescued.

Those who were pulled out have been rushed to the hospital while the fire-fighters are trying to rescue remaining passengers.

The aircraft S2-AGU, which took off from Dhaka for Kathmandu, careened off the runway during landing at 2:20 pm and crashed onto the football ground near TIA, Kathmandu Post newspaper quoted TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur as saying.

The plane is reported to be a 78-seater twin turbo prop aircraft.

“We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited,” airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.

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