A Bangladeshi airline passenger plane has crashed as it landed at Kathmandu International Airport in Nepal.

Eyewitnesses at the airport described seeing huge billows of heavy, dark smoke after the US-Bangla plane crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport.

The aircraft veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon – prompting a blaze that firefighters have been working to extinguish.

An Army official said the crash had killed at least 50.

Photos and footage posted on social media showed smoke rising from the hilltop airport runway by the Nepalese capital.

An airport official, who was forced to remain anonymous due to airport policy, said the flight was arriving from Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. He said the plane appeared to have caught fire just before it landed and skidded to a stop in a field beside the runway.

Nepalese rescuers stand near a passenger plane from Bangladesh that crashed at the airport in Kathmandu (AP)

According to local news site My Republica, the aircraft can hold 78 passengers.

The airport was immediately shut down.

Nepal police spokesperson Manoj Neupane told BBC News Nepali a number of people have been injured.

While local media identified the aircraft as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, this has yet to be officially confirmed.


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