At least 40 dead, 23 injured in Kathmandu plane crash

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Dozens of passengers died Monday after a Bangladeshi passenger plane crash landed at Kathmandu International Airport in Nepal, authorities said.

Nepal Police DIG Manoj Neupane said 31 bodies were pulled out from the crashed plane and nine others were declared dead at different hospitals.

He is asked to turn right, but immediately after that, the Flight 211 pilot says "Affirmative", that the runway is in sight.

"It was flying very low", said Keyal, a medical student. Other sources said the aircraft was 17 years old.

In a press briefing, Imran Asif, CEO of US-Bangla Airlines, said the pilot of the aircraft, Abid Sultan, was injured and was undergoing treatment.

It was being operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla.

The Bombardier Q400 series aircraft belonged to US-Bangla Airlines, a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a joint venture. The airport was closed for a few hours. After that, the controller informed the pilot that his alignment was not correct, but the pilot did not reply.

"After hearing ATC [air traffic control] conversation, we assume that that there was no negligence by our pilots". AFP could not independently verify the recording.

The plane swerved repeatedly as it prepared to land in Kathmandu, said Amanda Summers, an American citizen working in Nepal. One woman collapsed in tears after checking the list.

"The aircraft was burning", photojournalist Saroj Basnet told the BBC.

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"I remember the accident".

"But I came to know that the aircraft had a problem only when it forcibly landed".

Airline spokesperson Kamrul Islam said 33 of the passengers were Nepali, 32 were Bangladeshi, and one each from China and the Maldives.

However, airport authorities did not disclose the nationality of the crew members.

Airport sources claimed the pilot sounded "confused".

In 1992, a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok crashed while trying to land, killing all 113 aboard.

Nepal has a poor air safety record.

It has suffered more than 20 aviation accidents in the last decade, mostly involving small planes on domestic routes.

Basanta Bohara, a Nepali tour operator, said the almost two-hour flight from Bangladesh's capital was uneventful until the plane began to wobble on its descent into Kathmandu, hitting a field near the airport and catching fire. On September 4 2015, the airline saw its first incident, which happened when one of its planes skidded off the runway at Saidpur Airport. There were no reports of injuries.

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