An AP journalist who arrived at the scene soon after the crash saw the US-Bangla Airlines twin-propeller plane broken into several large pieces, with dozens of firefighters and rescue workers clustered around the wreckage in a grassy field near the runway.
The plane landed at 14:20 local time (08:35 GMT), according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24. "It touched down the ground just next to a parked plane and ploughed through a fence on the east side of the airport, and plunged into the lower ground", said Chhetri.
Officials said the air traffic controllers repeatedly asked the pilot why he had changed the alignment and route assigned to him for approaching the airport but there was no response.
Among those taken to KMC hospital, 8 were pronounced dead upon their arrival, including 3 Bangladeshis, three Nepali nationals and two with unidentified nationalities.
The airport's general manager, Raj Kumar Chetri, says the pilot of the plane didn't follow landing instructions from the control tower, and the plane "was not properly aligned with the runway". She said her daughter, Tammana, flew from her lap during impact and that she has not seen her since. "All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast", she added.
A US-Bangla Airlines Flt BS211, a DHC-8-Q400 (S2-AGU) has crashed on landing at Kathmandu, Nepal, during a thunderstorm.
One possibility the investigation committee will surely look is whether crash happened because of the steep turn. "It was just bad".
Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli spoke to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina following the incident and expressed sorrow over the loss of lives, according to a statement issued by the prime minister's office here.
"Details are awaited", he said, adding that the airport had been shut down and all other flights diverted.
The Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines is a private carrier that was launched in July 2014 with the motto "Fly Fast Fly Safe".
"We are carrying out rescue work".
Reports suggest that at least 50 were killed in the crash.
Todays accident is deadliest since September 1992 when all 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane were killed when it crashed near the Kathmandu airport.
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