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Bodies being recovered after Nepal plane crash

Bodies have been recovered from wreckage after a plane crashed at an airport, officials in Nepal have confirmed

The US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at about 2.20pm local time.

Airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur told the Kathmandu Post the aircraft veered off the runway while it was landing and crashed onto a nearby football pitch.

Government spokesman Narayan Prasad Duwadi confirmed deaths as a result of the crash.

“We just pulled out dead bodies and injured from the debris,” he said. Another official said 20 people so far had been taken to hospital.

Smoke rising from the aircraft. Pic: @saazan_gozimo/Instagram
Image:Smoke rising from the aircraft. Pic: @saazan_gozimo/Instagram

The plane is believed to have taken off from Dhaka, Bangladesh, before crashing at the airport. Witnesses said the aircraft burst into flames after it swerved and crashed.

An airport rescue team is working emergency services and the army as part of an ongoing rescue operation.

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People have since been posting photos of thick smoke rising from the wreckage to social media.

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