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Nepal probes deadly air crash after runway confusion

Nepal probes deadly air crash after runway confusion

While the airline blames air traffic control, the airport says the plane landed from the wrong direction.

The tower then told the pilot his alignment was not correct, but received no reply, Chettri said.

He said the pilot was flying the plane above the hills of Budhanilkantha and Bouddha areas while making the turn to the airport.

Defending the pilots, airline chief executive Imran Asif cited the transcript of their radio conversation with ground control in Kathmandu issued by a German air safety website, JACDEC. After some silence, the clearly alarmed ATC controller shouts, "I say again, turn...!".

'They appear to be extremely disoriented, ' another man said.

At least 49 people have died and more than 20 are injured after a Bangladeshi plane burst into flames as it came in to land at Kathmandu airport.

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A series of confused messages follow just before the crash in which the pilot is heard saying they will land at "runway 20" and then "runway 02" - the southern end.

Officials at Kathmandu Medical College, the closest hospital to Nepal's only worldwide airport, said they were treating 16 survivors of the Q400 crash, whose earlier versions were called Dash 8.

Nepal PM KP Oli on Monday said a commission will be formed to investigate the cause of the crash.

Monday was an ill-fated day for Nepal's aviation as the US-Bangla aircraft, with 71 people on board, crashed while landing at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

US-Bangla operates Boeing 737-800 and smaller Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400 planes.

Dr. M.A. Ansari of the hospital's forensic department said positively identifying all the dead could take as long as a week because numerous bodies were badly burned. The pair left Canada on Tuesday morning, the company said.

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Anita Bajacharya waited at the hospital with her parents and other relatives for details on her 23-year-old sister, a medical student who had just finished school in Bangladesh and was returning home on the flight. The bodies and injured passengers were taken to the hospitals by 5:45 pm, according to CAAN.

The family members were taken to the hospitals to visit the Bangladeshi victims, the sources the Bangladeshi newspaper.

US-Bangla spokesman Kamrul Islam said the plane was carrying 32 passengers from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.

All 49 people on board were killed on February 12, 2009 when a Colgan Air flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, stalled and crashed into a house while preparing to land at the airport.

Bangladesh's Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism A.K.M. Shahjahan Kamal and Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali were in Nepal taking stock of the situation.

He further stated that the rescue squad comprising Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, airport fire-fighting team and emergency response team had reached the crash-site on time to rescue the passengers. In 2012, a turboprop plane operated by Nepalese airline Sita Air hit a bird and crashed shortly after taking off, killing all 19 on board.

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