Plane crashes at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport

Misunderstanding over which end of the runway is cleared for landing likely cause of the crash

A US-Bangla plane carrying 71 passengers and crew members crashed at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport yesterday, with at least 49 of those on board reported dead.

On Monday afternoon, flight BS211 veered off the runway while landing, before crashing and erupting in flames.

Misunderstanding over which end of the runway is cleared for landing likely cause of the crash

The BBC reports that the Bangladeshi airline blamed air traffic control, but the airport said the plane approached the runway from the wrong direction.

A recording of the conversation between the pilot and air traffic control in the four minutes leading up to the plane crashed suggests there was misunderstanding over which end of the runway the plane was cleared to land on.

The flight was reported to have taken off from Dhaka in Bangladesh. According to Sky News, passengers on board included 33 from Nepal, 32 from Bangladesh, one from China and another from the Maldives.

This is one of a handful of fatal airline incidents this year. Last month, a Saratov Airlines flight crashed into snowy terrain near Moscow, killing all 71 people on board.

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