Relatives gathered outside a hospital in Kathmandu on Tuesday waiting for news after a plane crash at Nepal’s main airport killed 49 of the 71 people on board.
The plane, which was coming from Bangladesh, was flying low and erratically before striking the ground and erupting in flames on Monday.
US-Bangla Airlines Flight BS211 from Dhaka to Kathmandu was carrying 67 passengers and four crew members.
An investigation has been ordered into the cause of an accident that occurred after apparent confusion over landing instructions.
Kathmandu officials and the airline laid the blame for the accident on each other.
Autopsies on the dead were being performed at the Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital morgue, where some 200 relatives waited to hear about their loved ones.
Dr. M.A. Ansari of the hospital’s forensic department said positively identifying all the dead could take as long as a week because many of the bodies were badly burned.
By late Tuesday morning, four bodies had been identified.
Anita Bajacharya waited at the hospital with her parents and other relatives for details on her 23-year-old sister, a medical student who had just finished school in Bangladesh and was returning home on the flight. The sister, Asma Shakya, had called her mother from the airport, excited about returning home. Now her family sat outside a hospital waiting for her body to be identified.
The government has ordered an investigation into the crash.