— Aftermath photos of Plane crashes in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A plane has crashed with 67 people and four crew members 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.
An official said that there were at least 38 people killed, 23 injured and another 10 were unaccounted for. 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.
‘There were 67 passengers and 4 crew members’ aboard the plane, said airport spokesman Prem Nath Thakur. ‘So far 20 injured have been taken to the hospital. Police and army are trying to cut apart the plane to rescue others,’ he added.
However, they also confirmed that there were some fatalities. Live footage posted on Facebook showed the towering columns of smoke rising behind the runway, where another plane stood waiting on the tarmac. Emergency vehicles appeared to be heading into the smoke as people watched from a distance or filmed on their mobile phones.
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