At least 50 people are are reported to have died after a Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines passenger aircraft crashed at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), though the exact death toll has yet to announced officially.
In Dhaka, US-Bangla Airlines CEO Imran Asif said a conversation between the pilot, Abid Sultan, and the air traffic control or ATC of the airport indicated that the ATC sent "wrong signals' to the pilot".
There were 71 people on the aircraft, including 67 passengers and four crew members.
"Thirty-one people died at the spot and nine died at two hospitals in Kathmandu", police spokesman Manoj Neupane said, adding that another 23 were injured.
"Further details of the crash are still awaited", said Kamrul Islam, general manager of marketing support for the airline.
The plane approached the runway from the wrong direction, according to Chhetri.
The pilot entered runway from opposite side to one for which he had received permission, as stated by Director-General of Nepal Civil Aviation Authority, Najiv Gautam.
The aircraft's two recorders - the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder - have both been recovered.
In the meantime, the Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has assured an immediate investigation. Following the plane crash, authorities have closed the Tribhuvan International Airport. As a nearby driver told the Times, "It sounded like a bomb went off".
"It was flying northwards and it was much too low".
"I was anxious it would hit another aircraft, but the pilot pulled the plane up". I saw the plane make a sharp turn over the terminal back toward south and then disappeared toward the runway. "Had the intensity of fire I saw continued for 10 more minutes, the situation would have been even more terrible". It was nearly as if the plane might have bounced. "All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast".
Just before landing the pilot asks "Are we cleared to land?"
All flights in and out of the TIA were cancelled.