Passenger plane crashes off runway at Kathmandu airport in Nepal

Passenger plane crashes off runway at Kathmandu airport in Nepal

Passenger plane crashes off runway at Kathmandu airport in Nepal

Small aircraft ply an extensive domestic network and often run into trouble at remote airstrips.

Nepalese aviation officer Caan Sanjiv Gautam said the plane looked "out of control" when it attempted to land. Brig. General Gokul Bhandari, the Nepal army spokesman, said 50 people had died and the fate of the others was unknown. "Then, seconds later I saw another bigger one", she said.

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.

US-Bangla spokesman Kamrul Islam said the plane was carrying 32 passengers from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives. Adding that the plane became unstable while descending, officials said that they still have to ascertain the reason behind it.

The conversation between the air traffic controllers and the pilot, which was made public, suggested the pilot ignored instructions from the ground.

All 11 onboard were killed, with their charred bodies being recovered.

The US-Bangla Airlines plane was arriving from Dhaka when it crashed into a football field near the airport. All four crew members were from Bangladesh, officials said. It descended to an airport altitude of 4,400 feet (1,341 m) and then climbed to 6,600 feet (2,012 m) before crashing about two minutes later, the website said.

Bombardier said on Twitter it was saddened by the accident.

Among the 22 people injured, some are in a critical condition.

There have been a series of accidents at Kathmandu in the past.

The latter responds: "We would like to land on 20", and he is cleared to land from the (northern) end.

In September 2012, a Sita Air turboprop plane carrying trekkers to Mount Everest hit a bird and crashed shortly after take off, killing all 19 on board.

Reports suggest that at least 50 were killed in the crash.

The twin propeller plane, a Bombardier Dash 8, operated by US-Bangla, a Bangladeshi airline, swerved off the runway and burst in flames.

Depending on the direction of approach, pilots have to fly over high terrain before making a steep descent towards the airport, Ascenzo said.

"We are in constant touch with Nepal's Civil Aviation Authority", he said.

In July 2016, the airline announced plans to phase in its first two Boeing 737-800 aircraft in September of the same year and to subsequently launched new global routes, for example to Singapore and Dubai by the end of 2016.

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