Bangla plane crash-lands at Kathmandu airport, casualty feared

Relatives of passengers onboard the US Bangla Airlines at a hospital in Kathmandu

A commercial flight from Bangladesh crashed at the main airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday afternoon, an airline official said.

The airport at Kathmandu has a reputation for being one of the most hard in the world for pilots to land, because of surrounding mountains. People have taken to social media to share images and smoke can be seen coming from the airport runway.

There were 71 people on board the plane and 17 had been rescued, an airport official said earlier.

The plane was identified in local media as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, but this has not been officially confirmed yet.

"We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing", he added.

Bangla plane crash-lands at Kathmandu airport, casualty feared

All flights in and out of TIA have been cancelled following the crash.

"We are trying to bring the fire under control", airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.

The aircraft crashed while landing and caught fire on the eastern side of the airport.

US-Bangla Airlines has been operating since 2014 out of its home airport in Bangladesh.

US-Bangla Airlines began operations in 2014, and its route between Dhaka and Kathmandu was its first worldwide one, said the Center for Aviation.

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