Bangladesh plane crash: Flight carrying 71 crashes in Kathmandu; 10 updates

Kathmandu Airport Nepal

Of the 71 people, four were crew members, 33 were Nepalis, 32 Bangladeshis, one Chinese and one Maldivian national, said TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.

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

Police spokesman Manoj Neupane said on Tuesday that 49 people were confirmed to have been killed and 22 injured.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Sanjiv Gautam said the plane lost control when it attempted to land on the runway.

"There is certainly considerable confusion from air traffic as to which runway the aircraft actually wants to land on", said Britain-based aviation expert Andrew Blackie, who has reviewed the recordings.

Just before landing the pilot asks, "Are we cleared to land?"

The airport was temporarily closed for all global flights following the accident.

The US-Bangla airliner had been expected to land at 2:20 p.m. local time, after a flight from Dhaka.

Numerous bodies that lay on the tarmac, covered with cloth, were charred, witnesses said.

"All of a sudden the plane shook violently and there was a loud bang", Basanta Bohora, one of the survivors, told Kathmandu Post at Norvic Hospital.

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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 Dhaka Tribune cross-checked with news archives for the 2015 incident with other news outlets and discovered photos from various angles, all of which confirm the identity of the aircraft.

At the end of the conversation, the controller yells, "I say again, turn!", before fire trucks are ordered on to the runway.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli telephoned his Bangladesh counterpart and expressed sorrow at the loss of lives in the crash.

Its poor air safety record has been blamed largely on inadequate maintenance, inexperienced pilots and substandard management.

However, airport authorities did not disclose the nationality of the crew members.

The airport was shut for about three hours after the crash.

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

The Bangladeshi carrier, which launched operations in July 2014 with a slogan - "Fly Fast-Fly Safe", operates Bombardier and Boeing BA.N aircraft.

A Retired Air Force Air commodore in Bangladesh, Iqbal Hossain, described to the BBC the challenges for pilots landing at Kathmandu.

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