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Dozens feared dead, at least 17 injured in US-Bangla passenger plane crash in Nepal

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-03-12 17:22

KATHMANDU - A passenger plane of the US-Bangla Airlines crashed at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday, with dozens feared dead and at least 17 people injured.

Prem Nath Thakur, spokesperson of the TIA, told Xinhua, "The aircraft belonging to US-Bangla crashed inside TIA premise. Firefighters have already started work."

At least 17 people injured in the incident had been sent to hospitals for treatment, he added.

Raj Kumar Chhetri, TIA General Manage, said, "Over 50 people are feared dead. We are carrying out rescue work. We are collecting details."

The Bombardier Dash Q-400 aircraft, with 67 passengers and four crew members onboard, crashed while landing. The TIA has been closed following the incident.

The details of the incident are yet to be ascertained.

The US-Bangla Airlines is a privately-owned Bangladeshi airline headquartered in Dhaka.

This is a major air crash at the TIA airport after a Turkish Airlines flight crash-landed in March 2015.

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