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Nepal plane crash came after confused pilot-airport chatter

KATHMANDU, Nepal — ‘‘I say again, turn!’’ the air traffic controller called over the radio, his voice rising, as the flight from Bangladesh swerved low over the runway at Kathmandu’s small
airport.

Seconds later, the plane crashed into a field beside the runway, erupting in flames and leaving 49 of the 71 people on board dead.

That moment Monday appeared to result from minutes of confused chatter between the control tower and the pilot of the US-Bangla passenger plane, as they discussed which direction the pilot should use to land on the airport’s single runway.

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A separate radio conversation between the tower and at least one Nepali pilot reflected the sense of miscommunication.

associated press