Dhaka, Monday   22 April 2019

One year of horrific US-Bangla crash

 Staff Correspondent  daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:20 PM, 12 March 2019   Updated: 12:25 PM, 12 March 2019

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On this day in 2018, at least 51 people including 21 Bangladeshis were killed as an US-Bangla flight from Dhaka crashed in Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal.

This is the deadliest civil aviation disaster in Bangladesh's history. 

The US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211, a 76-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400, slammed on an empty field, caught fire, and came to a rest on a football pitch. 

It was flying with 67 passengers, two pilots and two cabin crew members. 

Official investigation led by the Nepalese government claimed that Captain Abid Sultan of US-Bangla Flight BS211 was going through tremendous ‘personal mental stress and anxiety, and a series of erroneous decisions on his part that led to the crash of the flight. 

The pilot appears to have ‘lied’ to the control tower during the landing procedure and was smoking continuously inside the cockpit during the one-hour flight from Dhaka to Kathmandu, said the report. 

Throughout the flight, Sultan was engaged in ‘erratic behaviour’ that marked a departure from his usual character-signs that should have immediately raised red flags, Nepali investigators concluded in the report. 

However, Bangladeshi aviation sector stakeholders involved in the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash investigation termed the report ‘false’ and ‘baseless’.  

Captain Salahuddin M Rahmatullah, chief flight operations inspector at Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) said, as far as the investigation commission is concerned, of which I am the accredited representative, the news is baseless. We have protested to Nepal Accident Investigation Commission on the news.

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