VIDEO: At least 40 dead, 23 injured in Kathmandu plane crash

Wreckage of an airplane is pictured as rescue workers operate at Kathmandu airport, Nepal March 12, 2018. (Reuters)

A passenger plane from Bangladesh crashed as it landed Monday at Kathmandu airport in Nepal, an airport official said.

At least 40 people were killed and 23 injured when a Bangladeshi passenger plane crashed near Kathmandu airport Monday, an official said.

"Thirty-one people died at the spot and nine died at two hospitals in Kathmandu," police spokesman Manoj Neupane told AFP, adding another 23 were injured.

There were 67 passengers and four crew on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka.

Clouds of thick, dark smoke could be seen rising above the hilltop airport, which was immediately shut down.

The official, who spoke earlier on condition of anonymity because of airport policy, said the flight was arriving from Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital.

He said the plane appeared to have caught fire just before it landed and skidded to a stop in a field beside the runway.

An employee who answered the phone at the US-Bangla offices in Dhaka said no one was available to talk.

"I have no other details," said the employee, who refused to give his name. "But a bad incident has happened."

(With AFP)

Last Update: Monday, 12 March 2018 KSA 15:48 - GMT 12:48

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