At least 50 are dead, with many injured, after a passenger plane crashed upon landing and burst into flame.
The crash occurred in the country of Nepal, as the plane attempted to land in the capital of Kathmandu.
The plane reportedly careened off of the runaway and burst into flames.
There were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane arriving from Dhaka when it clipped the fence at Kathmandu and burst into flames, said Raj Kumar Chettri, the general manager of the hill-ringed airport.
Those aboard included 33 Nepali passengers, with 32 from Bangladesh, one from China and one from the Maldives.
“All of a sudden the plane shook violently and there was a loud bang,” one of the survivors, Basanta Bohora, told the Kathmandu Post daily. “I was seated near a window and was able to break out of the window.”
The accident was the latest to hit mountainous Nepal, which has a poor record of air safety. Small aircraft ply an extensive domestic network and often run into trouble at remote airstrips.
“We have recovered 50 dead bodies so far,” said army spokesman Gokul Bhandari. Although several people had been rescued from the burning wreckage of the Bombardier Q400 series aircraft, nine people were still unaccounted for, he added.
Chettri said that moments after the plane received permission to land, the pilot said he wanted to go in a northern direction. Asked by the control tower if there was a problem, he replied in the negative.
The plane was then seen making two rounds in a northeast direction, Chettri said. Traffic controllers again asked the pilot if things were OK, and he replied, “Yes”.
The tower then told the pilot his alignment was not correct, but there was no reply, Chettri added.
“The plane should have come from the right direction,” Chettri said, adding that it hit the airport fence, touched the ground and then caught fire.
It was not immediately clear if the pilot had issued a “Mayday” call, or distress signal.
It appears most who died were killed by flames as the plane ran off of the runway.
Many of the bodies that lay on the tarmac, covered with cloth, were charred, witnesses said. Thick plumes of smoke could be seen from the aircraft at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
The aircraft that went down on Monday was 17 years old, data from tracking website Flightradar24.com showed. It descended to an airport altitude of 4,400 feet (1,341 m) and then climbed to 6,600 feet (2,012 m) before crashing about two minutes later, the website said.
Here is video from ABC News.
Clouds of smoke are seen rising from the scene of a passenger plane crash at Kathmandu airport in Nepal. The plane appeared to have caught fire just before it landed and skidded to a stop in a field beside the runway, an airport official said. https://t.co/Zh6Rp2YTym pic.twitter.com/m5GP86ABts
— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2018
These tweets provide some of the first photos from the scene.
A commercial flight from Bangladesh crashed at the main airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Images on social media showed heavy black smoke rising from the airport. https://t.co/DsYFTIzvMg
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 12, 2018
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 12, 2018
At least 38 people have been killed after a plane crashed in Kathmandu, Nepal. The US-Bangla Airlines flight was carrying 71 people. pic.twitter.com/rjVPcWGvX6
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 12, 2018