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40 dead in Nepal plane crash (Fourth Lead)

IANS  |  Kathmandu 

At least 40 people were killed and 23 injured when a plane crash-landed and exploded into a ball of flame at the (TIA) here on Monday, police said.

said the bodies of 31 passengers were recovered at the site and nine others succumbed to their injuries in hospitals. The plane, with 71 on board, was flying from to

The 78-seater Dash 8 aircraft veered off the runway and caught fire while landing at 2.20 p.m., said

All flights in and out of the were cancelled. The airport was reopened later.

of Civil Authority of Nepal said the plane lost control when it attempted to land on the runway.

"The aircraft was permitted to land from the southern side of the runway flying over Koteshwor but it landed from the northern side," said Gautam, adding that the aircraft might have sustained technical glitches.

"We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing," he said.

Photos and videos posted on showed smoke rising from the airport runway. Witnesses said the plane crashed when trying to take a sharp turn on the runway, My Republica reported.

"I saw the plane make a sharp turn over the terminal back towards south and then disappeared towards the runway. Then immediately a large plume of smoke was seen," said Arnico Pandey, adding that the plane was flying very low, just enough to be above the control tower.

A survivor, Nepalese Basanta Bohora, described from his hospital bed what he experienced.

After a normal take-off from Dhaka, the plane began to behave strangely as it approached Kathmandu, he said.

"All of a sudden the plane shook violently and there was a loud bang," he was quoted as saying by the Post.

"I was seated near the window and was able to break out of the window," Bohora said.

"I have no recollection after I got out of the plane. Someone took me to and from there my friends brought me to Norvic (Hospital). I have received injuries to my head and legs, but I am fortunate that I survived the ordeal."

Offering his condolences to the bereaved, said he was "extremely shocked" by news of the crash and promised an immediate government investigation.

At least 33 Nepali passengers were on board the plane, according to officials. The is a privately-owned Bangladeshi headquartered in

This is the most severe air crash at the airport after a flight crash-landed in March 2015.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:40 IST