KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - A police official says at least 38 people were killed and 23 injured when a plane crashed as it landed at the Kathmandu airport in Nepal. "We are collecting details", TIA General Manager Raj Kumar Chhetri said.
Sanjiv Gautam, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, told India's Hindustan Times newspaper that the aircraft was supposed to land from the southern side of the runway but that it flew in from the northern side.
An airport source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there may have been confusion between air traffic control and the pilot over which runway the plane was meant to land on.
US-Bangla Airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a U.S. Bangladeshi joint venture company.
All flight flying in and out of Tribhuvan International Airport were cancelled.
The hill-ringed airport, based about six kilometres from the centre city, is the sole global airport for the country and is located in the Kathmandu valley.
An Army spokesman said the death toll could be at least 50.
US-Bangla Airlines' Asif, however, said that wrong signals might have led to the crash.
It is Nepal s only global airport and experts say the mountainous landscape with the towering Himalayas to the north poses difficulties for pilots coming in to land. The 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft veered off the runway and caught fire while landing at 2.20 p.m., said TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur.
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Bangladeshi media said a plane carrying relatives of the dead and injured had left Dhaka airport early Tuesday for Kathmandu.
The UBG211 flight was en route to Kathmandu from Bangladesh's capital city.
One of the survivors, Nepalese travel agent Basanta Bohora, described from his hospital bed what he had experienced.
Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli visited the scene on Monday and pledged to investigate the cause of the crash.
Nepal has suffered a number of air disasters in recent years, dealing a blow to its tourist industry.
TIA is the only worldwide airport in Nepal.
Canadian plane maker Bombardier said it was sending an air safety investigator to the site, as well as a field service representative.
US-Bangla Airlines has been operating since 2014 out of its home airport in Bangladesh.
In 2012, a plane carrying trekkers to Mount Everest region hit a bird and crashed in Kathmandu, killing all on board.