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Delhi (CNN)At least 49 people were killed when a plane approached the runway from the wrong direction, crashed and burst into flames while landing at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport in Nepal on Monday.

Flight BS 211, which belongs to US-Bangla Airlines, a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier, was flying from Dhaka, Bangladesh, police spokesperson Manoj Neupane said.

There were 71 passengers on the plane, including the crew, said Kamrul Islam, the head of public relations for US-Bangla.

Forty bodies were recovered at the scene, nine died in hospital and 22 survivors are receiving treatment in hospital after the crash at 2:15 p.m. local time, Neupane said.

Emergency crews work around the crash site.

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Emergency crews work around the crash site.

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Onlookers gather near the scene of the crash. The passengers were mainly Nepalese and Bangladeshi.

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Onlookers gather near the scene of the crash. The passengers were mainly Nepalese and Bangladeshi.

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Fire trucks work to extinguish the plane's smoldering wreckage.

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Fire trucks work to extinguish the plane's smoldering wreckage.

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Rescuers survey the crash site.

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Emergency teams work around the wreckage.

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Rescuers survey the plane's smoking debris.

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Crews respond to the crash. According to Flightradar24, the plane was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, which the company describes as "the world's most modern turboprop."

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Crews respond to the crash. According to Flightradar24, the plane was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, which the company describes as "the world's most modern turboprop."

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Emergency personnel work around the wreckage of a plane that crashed while landing at the Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday, March 12. Flight BS 211, which was flying in from Dhaka, Bangladesh, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/12/asia/kathmandu-plane-crash/index.html" target="_blank">crashed and burst into flames</a> after approaching the runway from the wrong direction, officials said. Dozens were killed.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Emergency personnel work around the wreckage of a plane that crashed while landing at the Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday, March 12. Flight BS 211, which was flying in from Dhaka, Bangladesh, crashed and burst into flames after approaching the runway from the wrong direction, officials said. Dozens were killed.

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Plane crash survivor Sanam Shakya, center, talks with his parents at a hospital in Kathmandu.

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Plane crash survivor Sanam Shakya, center, talks with his parents at a hospital in Kathmandu.

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Staff from US-Bangla Airlines, a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier, work at an office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 12. Flight BS 211 belongs to US-Bangla.

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Staff from US-Bangla Airlines, a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier, work at an office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 12. Flight BS 211 belongs to US-Bangla.

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Rescuers gather around the crash site on March 12.

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Rescuers gather around the crash site on March 12.

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Rescuers work to recover victims on March 12. Officials said 40 bodies were recovered at the scene and nine died at the hospital. Twenty-two survivors were receiving treatment.

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Rescuers work to recover victims on March 12. Officials said 40 bodies were recovered at the scene and nine died at the hospital. Twenty-two survivors were receiving treatment.

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Firefighters hose down the plane.

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Firefighters hose down the plane.

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A rescuer searches the plane's debris. The aircraft's two recorders -- the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder -- have been recovered.

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A rescuer searches the plane's debris. The aircraft's two recorders -- the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder -- have been recovered.

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Emergency crews work around the crash site.

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Emergency crews work around the crash site.

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Onlookers gather near the scene of the crash. The passengers were mainly Nepalese and Bangladeshi.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Onlookers gather near the scene of the crash. The passengers were mainly Nepalese and Bangladeshi.

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Fire trucks work to extinguish the plane's smoldering wreckage.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Fire trucks work to extinguish the plane's smoldering wreckage.

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Rescuers survey the crash site.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Rescuers survey the crash site.

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Emergency teams work around the wreckage.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Emergency teams work around the wreckage.

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Rescuers survey the plane's smoking debris.

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Rescuers survey the plane's smoking debris.

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Crews respond to the crash. According to Flightradar24, the plane was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, which the company describes as "the world's most modern turboprop."

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Crews respond to the crash. According to Flightradar24, the plane was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, which the company describes as "the world's most modern turboprop."

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Emergency personnel work around the wreckage of a plane that crashed while landing at the Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday, March 12. Flight BS 211, which was flying in from Dhaka, Bangladesh, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/12/asia/kathmandu-plane-crash/index.html" target="_blank">crashed and burst into flames</a> after approaching the runway from the wrong direction, officials said. Dozens were killed.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Emergency personnel work around the wreckage of a plane that crashed while landing at the Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday, March 12. Flight BS 211, which was flying in from Dhaka, Bangladesh, crashed and burst into flames after approaching the runway from the wrong direction, officials said. Dozens were killed.

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Plane crash survivor Sanam Shakya, center, talks with his parents at a hospital in Kathmandu.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Plane crash survivor Sanam Shakya, center, talks with his parents at a hospital in Kathmandu.

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Staff from US-Bangla Airlines, a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier, work at an office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 12. Flight BS 211 belongs to US-Bangla.

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Staff from US-Bangla Airlines, a privately owned Bangladeshi carrier, work at an office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 12. Flight BS 211 belongs to US-Bangla.

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Rescuers gather around the crash site on March 12.

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Rescuers gather around the crash site on March 12.

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Rescuers work to recover victims on March 12. Officials said 40 bodies were recovered at the scene and nine died at the hospital. Twenty-two survivors were receiving treatment.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Rescuers work to recover victims on March 12. Officials said 40 bodies were recovered at the scene and nine died at the hospital. Twenty-two survivors were receiving treatment.

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Firefighters hose down the plane.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

Firefighters hose down the plane.

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A rescuer searches the plane's debris. The aircraft's two recorders -- the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder -- have been recovered.

Photos: Plane crashes at airport in Nepal

A rescuer searches the plane's debris. The aircraft's two recorders -- the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder -- have been recovered.

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The passengers were mainly Nepalese and Bangladeshi with one from China and one from the Maldives, Tribhuvan Airport general manager Raj Kumar Chhetri told CNN. All four crew members were from Bangladesh, officials said.

The plane approached the runway from the wrong direction, according to Chhetri.

"The plane had permission to land from the southern side of the runway but they instead landed from the northern side. Authorities do not know why they did not land from the southern side," Chhetri said.

The aircraft's two recorders -- the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder -- have both been recovered.

Nepal's recently elected Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli visited the crash site to take stock of the situation.

71 passengers, including crew, were on the plane.

71 passengers, including crew, were on the plane.

Witness: Plane was 'much too low'

Amanda Summers, a retired American living in Kathmandu, told CNN she saw the crash of flight BS 211 from her rooftop overlooking the airport.

"I was on my rooftop that overlooks Kathmandu from the top of the valley -- I spend most of my time there -- when I saw the plane flying at very low altitude," she told CNN by phone.

"It was flying northwards and it was much too low. I thought at first that maybe it was extra cloud cover that was forcing the plane to fly low. Then I saw the plane change direction almost completely and it was flying straight towards us. Then it lost more altitude and finally crashed.

"I saw one spark, or flash. Then seconds later I saw another bigger one. It was almost as if the plane might have bounced. Then no more light but a tall billow of thick black smoke rose in the air," she added.

Rescuers at the airport in Kathmandu on Monday.

Rescuers at the airport in Kathmandu on Monday.

"We had done boarding, waiting to take off and then a 70-seater ATR plane was approaching to land and everyone in our plane started to look towards it. And then 30 second later there was smoke," traveler Shradha Giri, who was at the airport waiting for a domestic flight, told CNN.

ATR is a Franco-Italian aviation company known for its turboprop planes.

According to Flightradar24, the plane was a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, which the company describes as "the world's most modern turboprop."

CNN's Angus Watson in Hong Kong and Gianluca Mezzofiore in London contributed to this report.

News Courtesy: www.cnn.com

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