The death toll has not been confirmed.
Flight BS211, operated by, US-Bangla Airlines, was flying from Dhaka in Bangladesh to the airport when it crashed while trying to land onto the runway, Nepal Police officials said.
At least 40 bodies have been recovered at the scene of the accident and nine passengers died in the hospital. Some 22 other passengers were still being treated in local hospitals, Nepal police spokesperson Manoj Neupane told CNN.
The plane, which was meant to land on the south side of the airport’s runway approached from the north side instead, veering off the runway and bursting into flames as it crashed, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal director general Sanjiv Gautam said in an interview with the Hindustan Times.
Authorities are still investigating why the aircraft attempted to land from the other side of the airport.
Amanda Summers, an expat living in Kathmandu, happened to see the crash and described the incident to CNN.
“I saw one spark, or flash. Then, seconds later I saw another bigger one,” she said. “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.”
Rescue workers and soldiers from Nepal’s army were called in to help assist survivors out of the wreckage amid thick smoke, shutting down the airport for several hours on Monday before operations reopened.
Officials are still continuing to confirm the total death toll from the crash of the Bombardier Dash 8 as injured passengers are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the area.