KATHMANDU: A US-Bangla Airlines aircraft flying from Dhaka to Kathmandu has crashed while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday.

As many as 71 persons, including four crew members, were on-board the aircraft, of which 33 were Nepali nationals.

Twenty-five people were rescued and taken to Kathmandu Medical College, Teaching Hospital in Sinamangal. However, eight of those rescued were pronounced dead upon arrival, according to TIA Spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.

Many fire-fighting engines and ambulances rushed to the accident site immediately as news of the crash broke.

According to General Manager at the TIA, Raj Kumar Chhettri, the plane crashed at 2:18 pm. “The control tower had communicated with the pilot of the plane which was supposed to land at Runway 2.” 

“However, the pilot informed that he would be approaching the runway from the northern direction but instead headed towards the north-east. The control tower contacted him and asked if there was a problem to which the pilot had responded that everything is alright,” informed Chhetri.

“What transpired next was that the plane skidded off the runway while it was about to crash into the hanger, crashed and immediately caught fire,” Chhetri added.

Meanwhile, all the passengers are collecting or waiting to collect their luggage on cancellation of the domestic and the international flights, according to Shradha Giri, one of the passengers who was present at the airport while the crash happened. The airport has been closed.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams have reached the airport.

US-Bangla plane crashes while landing at TIA, many casualties feared