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Over 50 killed in Nepal plane crash, says official

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Over 50 people are feared dead after a aircraft today crashed and caught fire at Nepal's (TIA) here, a top Nepalese said.

The plane, a Dash 8 Q400, with 67 passengers and four crew members caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near the airport, TIA said.

"Over 50 people are feared dead. We are carrying out rescue work. We are collecting details," Raj Kumar Chhetri, TIA General Manager, was quoted as saying by My Republica.

It said more than 20 injured were taken to Medical College for treatment of which seven were brought dead at the hospital. The remaining are undergoing treatment for serious burn injuries.

The flight, UBG 211, was en route to from Dhaka, The aircraft took off from and landed at the airport at 2:20 pm (local time).

Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the football ground where the plane crashed.

"The plane shoot off the runway while it was about to crash into the hanger and immediately caught fire," an airport was quoted as saying by

The officials, however, have said a technical glitch could be the cause of the accident.

"The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side," of of (Caan) was quoted as saying by the Post.

He said the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway.

"We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing," he said suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches.

Authorities say the fire has now been extinguished and rescue work is on.

All the flights to and from TIA have been halted after the crash.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:00 IST
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