Kathmandu airport crash: At least 40 dead as US-Bangla plane veers off runway

Kathmandu airport crash: At least 40 dead as US-Bangla plane veers off runway

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A plane carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed on landing at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport, killing 49 people, according to police.

Rescuers pulled bodies from the charred wreckage of the plane, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, after a raging fire was put out.

The airline has blamed air traffic control, but the Nepali authorities say the plane made an “unusual” landing.

Flight BS211 veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon.

One survivor who managed to break through a window says the aircraft gave a violent shake, followed by a bang.

Offering his condolences, Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli promised an immediate investigation.

Twenty-two people are being treated in hospital for injuries, police spokesperson Manoj Neupane told the BBC’s Nepali service.

He said eight people earlier reported to be missing are now presumed dead by the authorities.

The plane, which was flying from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop and was 17 years old.

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