Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Plane crash in Nepal leaves at least 49 dead, 22 injured

Plane crash in Nepal leaves at least 49 dead, 22 injured

Nepali authorities say the plane had an unusual landing while the airline says it was the air traffic control's fault.

Siphengphet and Mark Masluch said the planes are "safe and reliable" and other planes haven't been grounded.

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

The US-Bangla Airlines plane was on a flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh to Kathmandu but overshot the runway upon landing, officials told CBS News.

Rescue team of TIA and Nepal Army personnel have been engaged in rescue operation.

An airport source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there may have been confusion between air traffic control and the pilot over which end of Kathmandu s sole runway - referred to as Runway 02 and Runway 20 - the plane was meant to land on.

There is silence for a while, then a "Fire One Station" calls the ATC, indicating that a crash has occurred and the airport fire tender is active.

It remains unclear what caused the crash, though a witness told state television the Bombardier CL604 was on fire before it hit the mountain.

Nepali rescue workers gather around the debris of an airplane that crashed near the global airport in Kathmandu on March 12, 2018.

The plane, which was flying from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, was identified in local media as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop, but this has not been officially confirmed. Officials said 32 Bangladeshi nationals, 33 Nepalis, one Chinese national and one Maldivian citizen were among the 71 people aboard.

In Kathmandu Medical College, known as KMC hospital where most of the injured or dead bodies were sent for treatment or placement, heartbroken relatives mourned the death of their loved ones with screams, tears and grief, giving a throbbing ambiance to the hospital.

The plane can carry more than 70 passengers and firefighters have been battling a blaze at the scene.

The UBG211 flight was en route to Kathmandu from Bangladesh's capital city.

"I saw the plane make a sharp turn over the terminal back towards south and then disappeared towards the runway".

The full-service airline is based in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and flies to several domestic and worldwide destinations.

Nepal s poor air safety record is largely blamed on inadequate maintenance and substandard management.

US-Bangla Airlines has been operating since 2014 out of its home airport in Bangladesh. The incident occurred during the landing but there were no injuries reported.

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