Bangladeshi Plane with 67 Passengers Crashes and Bursts into Flames at Airport in Nepal [Photos]
A Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers on board crashed as it landed at the Kathmandu airport in Nepal on Monday.
The plane, a twin-propeller Bombardier Dash 8 flying from Bangladesh, swerved repeatedly before it crashed, landing to the east of the runway and bursting into flames.
Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the football pitch where the plane crashed. Firefighters battled to extinguish the burning wreckage and rescue passengers.
A police official says at least 38 people were killed and 23 injured. 10 people remained unaccounted for.
“There were 67 passengers and 4 crew members” aboard the plane, airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur, initially said.
A spokesman for Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airline says 32 passengers are from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.
Photos: At least 38 dead after Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers crashes and bursts into flames at airport in Nepa
Live footage posted on Facebook showed the towering columns of smoke rising behind the runway, where another plane stood waiting on the tarmac.
Emergency vehicles appeared to be heading into the smoke as people watched from a distance or filmed on their mobile phones.
An airline official said some injured passengers had been taken away by ambulance.
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We also reported the fatal plane crash which happened in Iran, reportedly claimed the lives of a Turkish socialite, Mina Basaran, who was celebrating her bachelorette party with seven friends. It was gathered that the flight carrying the group from the UAE to Istanbul on Sunday, began to fail after the plane’s engine caught fire and crashed into the mountains of Iran.
According to Reuters, the plane was owned by the private holding company of Turkish businessman, Huseyin Basaran, and carried eight passengers and three crew who all died in the crash.
Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization spokesman, Reza Jafarizadeh, said the private jet crashed near Shahr-e Kord city, some 230 miles south of the capital Tehran. Local villagers who reached the crash site in the Zagros Mountains, reportedly found only badly burned bodies and no survivors.
The plane was identified as a Bombardier CL604, tail number TC-TRB by Turkey’s Dogan News Agency. That tail number was the same that heiress Mina Basaran, 28, had posted on Instagram three days ago on Thursday.