Nepalese rescuers stand near a passenger plane from Bangladesh that crashed at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shreshta)
Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB) - Twenty-six people out 36 Bangladeshis, including the pilot and three crewmembers, were killed in the US Bangla plane crash in Kathmandu on Monday.
Md Kamrul Islam, General Manager (Marketing Support and PR) of US-Bangla Airlines, came up with the information at a press briefing in its Baridhara office.
He said the remaining 10 Bangladeshis, injured in the crash, were being treated in Nepal.
Kamrul Islam said US-Bangla Airlines will provide all kinds of assistance for repatriating the deceased and injured Bangladeshis. The bodies will be brought back on completion of formalities and having the forensic report, he said.
“Seven officials of our airlines have already gone to Nepal and we’re trying to hand over the bodies as soon as possible,” he added.
Over the controversy that the pilot was at fault that caused the crash, Kamrul claimed that the pilot had no fault. “He might have been misguided by the Air Control Room (ACT) at the last minute.”
Kamrul said, “We can’t be sure right now what actually caused the crash…the audio of the ATC conversation and black box contain the evidence that could confirm the main cause after proper inspection.”
“But six officials who were on-duty at ATC during the accident on Monday were recently transferred elsewhere as per some Nepalese media report which is confusing,” he said.
The US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211, which flew from Dhaka to Kathmandu carrying 67 passengers and four crew members, crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan country of Nepal on Monday, leaving 51 people, including 26 Bangladeshis, dead.