The passenger plane became unstable while landing, reports said.
A passenger plane from Bangladesh crash landed in Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu on Monday afternoon. The US-Bangla plane crashed after becoming unstable while landing, an airport official told The Kathmandu Post.
Several bodies have been recovered from the crash site, AFP reported, quoting an unidentified official.
The airport authority and Nepal Army personnel have started rescue operations. The report added that Tourism Ministry Joint Secretary Suresh Acharya said 17 injured passengers were sent to different hospitals for treatment.
“We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited,” airport spokesperson Birendra Prasad Shrestha told Reuters. The Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Sanjiv Gautam said the aircraft was permitted to land from the southern side of the runway, but it landed from the northern side.“We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he added.
Television reports claim there were 78 passengers on board, but this has not been confirmed. The airport was shut following the crash.