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Kathmandu Chaos Described After Deadly Nepal Plane Crash

Kathmandu Chaos Described After Deadly Nepal Plane Crash
An airplane takes off at the international airport in Kathmandu on March 13, 2018, near the wreckage of a US-Bangla Airlines plane that crashed on March 12. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 March 2018 02:21 PM

In Kathmandu, chaos at the scene of a plane crash Monday that left 49 of the 71 passengers and crew dead was described by survivors.

The crash of the US-Bangla Airlines plane happened while it was trying to land at the airport, CNN reported. Airport manager Raj Kumar Chhetri told CNN that the plane was supposed to land on the southern side of the runway but approached from the northern side instead.

"Authorities do not know why they did not land from the southern side," Chhetri told CNN. An investigation is underway and both the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder have been recovered.

An American witness, Amanda Summers, told CNN that it seemed like the plane was flying very low before it landed.

Survivors on the plane told the BBC about the moment the plane crashed.

"There was a huge fire outside and smoke gushed into our cabin," 29-year-old Bangladeshi teacher Sharin Ahmed said. "Then there was [an] explosion. The fire was extinguished and we were rescued outside."

Another passenger said the plane was weaving back and forth as well as up and down before it crashed, the BBC reported.

The passengers were all from Nepal and Bangladesh except one from China and one from the Maldives, CNN reported.

The crash is the worst since 1992 when a Pakistani International Airlines plane crashed and all 167 people on board were killed, the BBC reported. Nepal is considered a dangerous place to fly compared to many other world destinations because of its mountainous terrain and fast-changing weather conditions.

Recently elected Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli visited the crash site to see the situation firsthand, CNN reported.

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