13 Mar 2018

Injuries as plane crashes in Kathmandu

12:03 am on 13 March 2018

Passengers are feared dead after a plane crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

The plane, operated by US-Bangla, a Bangladeshi airline, veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon, causing a blaze that firefighters have been tackling.

About 67 people were thought to be on board, officials said.

A number of people have been injured, Nepal police spokesperson Manoj Neupane said.

The plane can reportedly carry 78 passengers, local news site My Republica reported.

Photos and video posted on social media showed smoke rising from an airport runway.

The plane was identified in local media as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, but this has not been officially confirmed.

The flight landed at TIA airport, also known as Kathmandu International Airport, at 2:20pm local time (9:35pm NZT), according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.