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At least 50 people dead in Nepal plane crash at Kathmandu airport

14 March 2018, 12:24 | Colleen Roy

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

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

Imran Asif, CEO of US-Bangla Airlines, told reporters in Dhaka, "We can not claim this definitely at the moment, but we are suspecting that Kathmandu ATC tower might have misled our pilots to land on the wrong runway".

"We are suspecting that the Kathmandu air traffic control tower might have misled our pilots to land on the wrong runway", he said.

Airport officials said the pilot had been told to approach the airport's one runway from the south, but he instead landed from the north. A radio conversation between the air control tower and the pilot of the plane was posted on liveatc.net, AP reported.

Witnesses said the plane was seen swerving erratically and flying very low in the lead up to the accident.

Officials at Kathmandu Medical College, the closest hospital to Nepal's only worldwide airport, said they were treating 16 survivors of the Q400 crash, whose earlier versions were called Dash 8. The sister, Asma Shakya, had called her mother from the airport, excited about returning home. The plane crashed during a second attempt to land after an unexpected turn in the cloudy weather, they added. The bodies and injured passengers were taken to the hospitals by 5:45 pm, according to CAAN.

They also conveyed condolences to their families, their governments and their peoples, said a statement.

Witnesses said there was a loud bang and that the plane shook violently while people wept inside the aircraft and chanted. It descended to an airport altitude of 1,341 metres (4,400 feet) and then climbed to 2,012 m (6,600 feet) before crashing about two minutes later, the website said.

It was carrying 71 people and was en route from Dhaka.

Kathmandu, Nepal - At least 40 people were killed and 23 injured when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Kathmandu airport on Monday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in years. He did not provide the nationalities of the four crewmembers.

The plane was a Canadian-made Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop, Mahbubur Rahman of Bangladesh's civil aviation ministry told AFP.

The plane arrived in Nepal from Bangladesh capital Dhaka. The parent company, part of US-Bangla Group, is involved in a number of industries, including real estate, education and agriculture.

He further stated that the rescue squad comprising Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, airport fire-fighting team and emergency response team had reached the crash-site on time to rescue the passengers.

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