Plane 'crashes into football pitch near airport runway' in Nepal

Eyewitness video shows aftermath of Kathmandu plane crash

Eyewitness video shows aftermath of Kathmandu plane crash

Eyewitnesses said early Monday that they saw a huge plume of smoke at the Kathmandu International Airport in Nepal following reports of a plane crashing on the side of the runway.

The US-Bangla airline aircraft crashed on Monday near the global airport of Kathmandu when landing, media reported citing airport officials. Flights to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) are now holding or are being diverted.

"I have no other details", said the employee, who refused to give his name.

Two days later, two pilots were killed when a small passenger plane crash-landed in the country's hilly midwest. In September 2012, a Sita Air turboprop plane carrying trekkers to Mount Everest hit a bird and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 19 on board. Videos posted to social media sites appeared to show the badly damaged plane after the flames were extinguished.

US-Bangla Airlines has been operating since 2014 out of its home airport in Bangladesh. Approximately 67 people are thought to have been onboard, and many deaths are feared according to a reports. Small aircraft often run into trouble at provincial airstrips.

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