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At least 51 people died as an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of the Himalayan country on Monday, said officials.

Six officers stationed at the Air Traffic Control Tower who witnessed the US-Bangla plane crash in Kathmandu have been shifted to another department to "minimize shock of the accident", reports Nepali newspaper My Republica.

It was arriving in Kathmandu from Dhaka, with one survivor saying the plane "shook violently" on approach for landing.

Nepali students of University of Dhaka light candles in memory of the victims of the US-Bangla aircraft crash in Nepal, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 13, 2018.

"The flight data recorder has been recovered, we have kept it safely", said Raj Kumar Chettri, the airport's general manager, adding that an investigation had begun into the cause of the crash.

"We can not claim this definitely at the moment but we are suspecting that the Kathmandu ATC (air traffic control) tower might have misled our pilots to land on the wrong runway".

"There is certainly considerable confusion from air traffic as to which runway the aircraft actually wants to land on", said Britain-based aviation expert Andrew Blackie, who has reviewed the recordings.

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It is the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in years. He did not provide the nationalities of the four crewmembers.

The plane swerved repeatedly as it prepared to land in Kathmandu, said Amanda Summers, an American citizen working in Nepal.

The airline and airport authorities have blamed each other for the crash. Traffic controllers again asked the pilot if things were OK, and he replied, "Yes".

One of the survivors remembers how fire broke out, but he cannot remember how he got out of the plane.

"Our ATC permitted the aircraft to land from the southern side of the runway but it changed its route and attempted to land from northern side", said Chettri.

Hundreds of people stood on a nearby hill, staring down at what remained of the Bombardier Dash 8. Canadian plane maker Bombardier said it was sending an air safety investigator to the site, as well as a field service representative. The parent company is involved in a number of industries, including real estate, education and agriculture.

The team will take stock of the situation and the dead and injured in the Monday plane crash at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the Kathmandu Post reported. In February, 2016, Tara Air's Twin Otter 400 crashed in Rupse of Myagdi, killing 23 people.


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