Bangla airliner crashes while landing at Kathmandu Airport killing 50 people

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A spokesman for the Dhaka-based U.S. -Bangla Airlines said 71 people, including four crew members, were on board the aircraft. "The tower repeatedly asked if the pilot was OK and the reply was 'yes, '" said Raj Kumar Chetri, the airport's general manager.

"Our ATC permitted the aircraft to land from the southern side of the runway but it changed its route and attempted to land from the northern side", said Chettri.

All flight flying in and out of Tribhuvan International Airport were cancelled.

There has been a series of accidents at Kathmandu's airport in the past. It was unclear how many people remained injured because of the chaos that followed after the deadly crash. The plane was a Bombardier Dash 8, with license plate S2-, and 17 years.

US-Bangla Airlines' Asif, however, said that wrong signals might have led to the crash.

Nepal Police Spokesperson DIG Manjo Neupane said that 31 bodies were pulled out from the crashed plane so far and nine others were declared dead at different hospitals.

"I was seated near the window and was able to break out of the window", he said.

"EAM SushmaSwaraj spoke to Bangladesh Foreign Minister & expressed deepest condolences & sympathies for the loss of lives in the crash of USBangla Airlines in Kathmandu today".

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It is now known that 33 of the passengers were Nepalis, 32 were Bangladeshi, one was Chinese and one was from the Maldives.

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli visited the crash site to take stock of the situation and said that a commission would look into the crash.

Nepal has witnessed a number of accidents involving aircraft in recent years.

The Dhaka-based airline made its first worldwide flight in May 2016 to Kathmandu, and has since expanded with routes to South Asia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Depending on the direction of approach, pilots have to fly over high terrain before making a steep descent towards the airport, Ascenzo said. In 2012, a turboprop plane operated by Nepalese airline Sita Air hit a bird and crashed shortly after taking off, killing all 19 on board. "And then 30 second later there was smoke", traveller Shradha Giri, who was at the airport waiting for a domestic flight, told CNN.

US-Bangla is a private Bangladeshi carrier which operates Boeing 737-800 and smaller Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400 planes.

US-Bangla Airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a U.S. Bangladeshi joint venture company.

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