Passengers are feared to have been killed after a US-Bangla Airlines crashed after coming off the runway while landing at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.
There have been no official reports on the number of casualties, but smoke was reported rising from the accident site in images published online. Report claim there were 72 passengers on board.
According to reports, the Bangladeshi carrier aircraft which was on its way from Dhaka reportedly crashed into a football pitch near the airport and then caught fire as it landed in Nepal.
Kathmandu’s airport has been closed while emergency service attended to the crash.
2017 was the safest year on record for commercial air travel according to IATA, but this is the third serious airline accident in 2018.
Last month, 66 passengers and crew members were killed when an Iran Aseman Airlines ATR 72-212 crashed into crashed in Iran and on 11 February, a Saratov Airlines An-148 crashed near Moscow killing 71 passengers and crew.