50 Perish As Passenger Plane Carrying 71 Crash-Lands


No fewer than 50 individuals reportedly perish after a Bangladeshi plane which had on board 67 passengers crashed near Kathmandu airport on Monday.
The plane, which was attempting to land before the sad incident happened, an airport official said "became unstable," while descending.
"31 died at the spot and nine died at two hospitals in Kathmandu," police spokesman Manoj Neupane told news agency AFP, adding another 23 were injured.
"There were 67 passengers and 4 crew members" aboard the plane, said airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur.
"So far 20 injured have been taken to the hospital. Police and army are trying to cut apart the plane to rescue others," he added.
Emergency vehicles appeared to be heading into the smoke as people watched from a distance or filmed on their mobile phones.
"We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited," airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said, adding that the airport had been shut down and all other flights diverted.
"We're now concentrating on evacuating the passengers," the official added.
Mountainous Nepal is notorious for air accidents. Small aircraft often run into trouble at provincial airstrips.
A Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land in Kathmandu in 1992 killing all on board.


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