New Delhi, March 12:  An aircraft of the US-Bangla Airlines crashed close to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon killing at least 50 passengers. The 78-seater aircraft was carrying 67 passengers when it veered off the runway while landing at 2.20 PM and crashed onto a ground near the airport, catching fire.

Photos and videos being shared on social media show thick, black smoke billowing out from the runway of Kathmandu airport. (Also Read: Nepal Plane Crash: What we Know so Far)

According to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur the aircraft belonging to US-Bangla Airlines careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near the airport, catching fire.

Thick, black smoke was seen billowing out from the plane which crash-landed in Kathmandu.

Thick, black smoke was seen billowing out from the plane which crash-landed in Kathmandu.

The aircraft has been identified as Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Sanjiv Gautam said the plane lost control when it attempted to land on the runway.   (Also Read: Close Shave For 186 Passengers as IndiGo Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Ahmedabad)

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

“We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he said.

(With inputs from agencies)