Nepal crash survivor lucky to be alive

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"Forty people died at the spot and nine died at two hospitals in Kathmandu", Nepal Police spokesperson Manoj Neupane told AFP, adding that 22 passengers were undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Kathmandu.

Officials said there were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane coming from Dhaka.

Rescue workers rushed to the scene of a US-Bangla Airlines jetliner that crashed at an airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday.

Nepal Army spokesman Gokul Bhandaree said seven victims survived the impact but later died of their injuries. "The tower repeatedly asked if the pilot was OK and the reply was 'yes, '" said Raj Kumar Chetri, the airport's general manager. "There could be a technical issue but we are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing", an Indian English language daily quoted Gautam.

All flights in and out of the Tribhuvan International Airport were cancelled.

The aircraft had taken off from Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. Officials said that the death toll may further increase.

Those on board include 12 Nepali tour agents who were returning after an annual sales conference in Bangladesh, an official said.

The Dhaka Tribune cross-checked with news archives for the 2015 incident with other news outlets and discovered photos from various angles, all of which confirm the identity of the aircraft. "I was seated near a window and was able to break out".

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Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokharel have reached the airport to take stock of the accident.

At the beginning of the recording posted on LiveATC.net, both the pilot and the air traffic control tower can be heard confirming the aircraft should land on runway 02, pointing north.

The accident was the latest to hit mountainous Nepal, which has a poor record of air safety. Two days later, two pilots were killed when a small passenger plane crash-landed in the country's hilly midwest.

All the flights to and from TIA have been halted after the crash.

The accident was the deadliest since September 1992, when all 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines plane were killed when it crashed as it approached Kathmandu airport.

The Kathmandu airport has seen several crashes in the past, the most recent one being in 2012.

A Thai Airways plane crashed near the airport that same year, leaving 113 people dead.

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