The aircraft caught fire in flight and following the crash the firecrews and military personnel helped extract passengers from the wreckage. 20 of those tackled by airport fire crews. Casualty numbers are rising and those who died in the incident number around 50 and expected to rise even further.

The plane identified locally as a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 flying from Dacca to Kathmandu. All other flights to and from the airport are suspended and the airport remains operationally closed until further notice.