Nepal airport passenger plane crash leaves at least 38 dead, official says
At least 38 people were killed when a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed and burst into flames Monday as it landed at Kathmandu airport in Nepal, a police official said.
At least 23 people were injured and 10 others are still unaccounted for, the official told The Associated Press.
The plane, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, swerved off the runway as it was landing in Nepal’s capital around 2:20 p.m. local time, the BBC reported. There were 67 passengers and four crew members on board, officials said.
“It was flying so low I thought it was going to run into the mountains,” Amanda Summers, an American who works in Nepal, told The Associated Press after watching the crash. “All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast.”
Summers said it was unclear if the plane had reached the runway.
“I have no other details,” said an employee, who works at the US-Bangla offices. “But a bad incident has happened.”
Dozens of firefighters and rescue workers responded to the site of the wreck, where scraps of the burned aircraft remained. Firefighters were able to put out the flames within minutes, however, dark smoke was seen billowing from the sky above the airport.
Flights out of the airport were canceled after the incident.
The Nepal incident comes just hours after a Turkish business jet crashed into a mountain in Iran on Sunday, killing all 13 aboard.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.