49 dead as plane crashes at Kathmandu airport in Nepal

A plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh to Nepal crashed and burst into flames at the airport in Kathmandu yesterday, killing at least 50 people.

Heads of Mission of the European Union resident in Bangladesh expressed their heartfelt condolences to all victims of the plane crash of the US-Bangla flight in Kathmandu.

Dhaka - Nepalese authorities have launched an investigation into the deadly plane crash at Tribhuvan International Airport, officials said on Tuesday.

There seemed to have been misunderstanding between the plane and air traffic control regarding the direction from which the airplane should approach the landing strip.

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The toll in Nepal's worst aviation disaster rose to 51 today with the death of two more passengers, as Bangladeshi experts joined the probe amid reports of an apparent confusion between the pilot and air traffic control over the runway.

Plane's co-pilot Prithula Rashid and crew member Khwaja Hussain died earlier.

Of the 22 survivors, 11 are Nepali while 11 are Bangladeshi nationals.

"Hence, we've transferred them to other departments to reduce their stress post-crash", Rajan Pokharel, Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority said.

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That moment Monday appeared to result from minutes of confused chatter between the control tower and the pilot of the US-Bangla passenger plane, as they discussed which direction the pilot should use to land safely at the airport's single runway. Traffic controllers again asked the pilot if things were OK, and he replied, "Yes". There is silence for a while, then a "Fire One" calls the tower, indicating that a crash has occurred and the airport fire tender has been activated.

As soon as the plane crashed in a football field, emergency services were rushed to the spot. "The captain then asked for Runway 20 (from Pashupati Nath area) permission turning his flight to the east from its previous location", one of the officers of TIA said.

Turboprops like the Bombardier Dash 8 had an excellent safety record initially. The parent company is involved in a number of industries, including real estate, education and agriculture.

Out of the 67 passengers, 32 were from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal, and one each from China and the Maldives.

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Shradha Giri, who was on board a nearby plane with her daughter, told the BBC: "There was a lot of chaos out there, lot of security personnel running towards it, a lot of ambulances and fire trucks approaching the site where it had crashed".