At least 50 dead after plane crash lands at Kathmandu

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

The spokesman for police, Manoj Neupane, said at least 49 died in the crash and the 22 wounded were being treated at three nearby hospitals.

It was identified as Flight BS 211 that was flying from Dhaka (Bangladesh capital) to Kathmandu.

Nepalese aviation officer Caan Sanjiv Gautam said the plane looked "out of control" when it attempted to land.

He said the aircraft landed just off the runway, broke apart and burst into flames. The plane crashed in course of landing at the airport due to missed approach of the pilot, the authorities said.

Thick plumes of smoke could be seen from the aircraft at the Tribhuvan International Airport. "The landing at Kathmandu because of the terrain is a little challenging", said Gabriele Ascenzo, a Canadian pilot who runs aviation safety courses in Nepal.

Instead of landing properly, the aircraft swerved to the left and came close to the control tower of the airport, the Nepali Times newspaper reported. The black box of the aircraft was recovered from the spot, Mr. Chhetri said.

One survivor said at the hospital that the plane shook and there was a loud bang afterwards.

Bombardier representatives for the commercial and business aircraft divisions said the company was saddened by the accidents, adding their thoughts were with those impacted and their families. The airport was closed for a few hours before being reopened.

Authorities said the 78-seat airplane caught fire after crash-landing around 2:20 p.m. Monday and breaking into large pieces.

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However, a recording of the conversation between the pilot and air traffic control minutes before the plane crashed suggests some misunderstanding over which end of the sole runway the plane was cleared to land on.

Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli said the nation is "saddened" by the incident.

The aircraft that went down on Monday was 17 years old, data from tracking website Flightradar24.com showed.

Nitin Keyal was about to board a domestic flight at the airport when he saw the plane coming in.

In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines flight crash-landed at Nepal's only worldwide airport with no casualties.

In 1992, a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land, killing all 113 aboard.

Selim, the US-Bangla manager, said the plane had circled the airport twice as it waited for clearance to land.

Kathmandu's airport has been the site of several deadly crashes.

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