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Bangladesh airline crashes in Nepal's Kathmandu airport

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Several passengers are feared dead as a US-Bangla Biman aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed at Tribhuvan International airport in Nepal’s Kathmandu on Monday.

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Airport security sources said about several passengers who were rescued in "critical condition" have been sent to hospital while there were many bodies lying in a charred condition.

“We cannot give the exact number of casualty as we are still finding out all details. At the moment, our priority is to rush the victims to the hospitals,” sources from the spot said, adding the fire has now been controlled.

The plane that was coming from Dhaka caught fire immediately after it hit the ground off the runway, the source added. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway.

“The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” said Gautam suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches.

“We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he added, reported The Kathmandu Post.

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