[UPDATED] A Bombardier Q400, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, crashed on landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 12, killing at least 49 out of 71 people onboard.

According to local media reports, the aircraft veered off the runway onto a football field and caught fire after landing at Kathmandu.

Images from the scene show a virtually unrecognizable fire-damaged wreckage.

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 shows flight number BS211 as being operated by US-Bangla aircraft registration S2-AGU, a 17-year-old Bombardier Q400 carrying the serial number 4041.

According to FlightRadar24 data, the aircraft took off from the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka at 1252.

The Kathmandu Post quoted airport spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur as saying the 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft veered off the runway while landing at 2.20 p.m. local time and crashed onto a ground near the airport, catching fire.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Sanjiv Gautam said the airplane may have sustained some technical glitches and lost control while attempting to land. “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the accident,” he added.

Authorities ordered the airport be shut immediately.

“We are saddened by the accident of a Q400. Our thoughts are with those injured, and their families. More information to follow,” a Bombardier spokeswoman told ATW  by email. Bombardier is sending an Air Safety senior investigator on site, as well as a field service representative – leaving Canada early Tuesday morning. The Bombardier Air Safety Investigation Office is in contact with authorities, and will provide further assistance as needed.

US-Bangla’s website was not responding at the time of publication.

Asia-Pacific staff contributed to this report.

Victoria Moores victoria.moores@informa.com