A Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft has crashed on the runway leaving 49 passengers dead while landing at Nepal on Monday.
The aircraft belonging to US-Bangla airline was said to have caught fire after approaching the runway from the wrong end while landing at about 2:15 p.m. local time.
“The plane had permission to land from the southern side of the runway but they instead landed on the northern side. Authorities do not know why they did not land on the southern side,” CNN quoted Raj Kumar Chhetri, General Manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, as saying.
According to preliminary data, there were 71 passengers on the plane including the crew.
Police spokesperson Manoj Neupane said Thirty-one bodies were recovered at the crash site while eight others died in the hospitals they were taken to. There are now 23 people receiving treatment.
Flightradar24 said the company described the plane as “the world’s most modern turboprop.”