A plane has crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, officials say.
The plane, operated by US-Bangla, veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon, causing a blaze that firefighters have been tackling. It was not immediately known how many passengers were on board when the plane which caught fire.
“We are trying to bring the fire under control,” the airport spokesperson said.
The plane was identified in local media as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, but this has not been officially confirmed. The flight, BS211, originated in Dhaka and was scheduled to land at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport a 14.15 local time.
US-Bangla Airlines is a privately owned Bangladeshi airline, a subsidiary of a United States-Bangladesh joint venture company, headquartered in Dhaka and commenced operations with domestic flights to Chittagong and Jessore on 17 July 2014.
Tribhuvan International Airport weather around the time of the accident:
VNKT 120950Z 31011KT 280V350 7000 TS FEW015 FEW025CB SCT030 BKN100 20/10 Q1015 NOSIG CB TO SE NW N AND E VNKT 120920Z 27005KT 230V320 7000 TS FEW015 FEW025CB SCT030 BKN100 20/10 Q1015 NOSIG CB TO SE W N E AND OVERHEAD VNKT 120850Z 26007KT 140V300 7000 FEW015 FEW025CB SCT030 BKN100 21/10 Q1015 NOSIG CB TO SE AND S VNKT 120820Z 28008KT 240V320 6000 TS FEW015 FEW025CB SCT030 22/11 Q1015 NOSIG CB TO SE S AND SW VNKT 120750Z 25007KT 200V300 6000 FEW015 FEW025TCU SCT030 22/10 Q1016 NOSIG VNKT 120720Z 31006KT 6000 FEW015 SCT030 22/10 Q1016 NOSIG