The authorities of US-Bangla Airlines on Wednesday temporarily suspended its Dhaka-Kathmandu-Dhaka flight operation two days after one of its aircrafts crashed in Nepal, leaving at least 50 dead.
"We have decided to suspend our flight operation to Nepal temporarily due to shortage of aircraft," the airlines’ General Manager (Marketing support and Public Relation) Kamrul Islam told BSS.
US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 crashed and burst into flames while trying to land at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport with 71 people onboard, including four crews, on Monday.
Of the passengers, 36 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.
Kamrul said 26 people out 36 Bangladeshis, including the pilot, first officer and two cabin crews, were killed in the crash and rest of the 10 injured passengers were admitted to different hospitals in Kathmandu.
He said the airlines were planning to send critically injured passengers to Singapore and Thailand for better treatment.
A seven-member US-Bangla Airlines team along with relatives of the victims is now in Kathmandu and giving all kinds of assistance to bring back the bodies, he added.