Kathmandu airport crash: At least 38 dead as US-Bangla plane veers off runway


A plane carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed on landing at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport, killing at least 38 people. At least 17 survived.

Rescuers pulled bodies from the charred wreckage of the plane, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, after a raging fire was put out. Flight BS211 veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon. All flights in and out of Tribhuvan International Airport have been cancelled, according to local media. The plane was identified in local media as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop, but this has not been officially confirmed.

The flight landed at at 14:20 local time (08:35 GMT), according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

What do we know of the casualties?
The plane was carrying 67 passengers and four crew.

Police told the Associated Press news agency at least 38 people had been killed and 23 injured, while 10 people were not accounted for.

However, an army spokesman told Reuters at least 50 people had died.

Earlier reports spoke of 17 survivors being rushed to hospital.

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