At least 40 dead as plane catches fire

    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 .

    The plane crashed after catching fire while trying to land.

    Witnesses described seeing the plane flying at a low height before crashing onto a football pitch at Nepal’ s only international airport in the capital , Kathmandu.

    Amanda Summers, an American who works in Nepal, watched the crash happen from the terrace of her home office .

    “ It was flying so low I thought it was going to run into the mountains, ” she said.

    She said it was unclear if it had reached the runway when it landed . “ All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast , ” she said.

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