A cargo plane of Bangladesh Air Force carrying the bodies of 23 Bangladeshis, who were killed in US-Bangla plane crash, has arrived in Dhaka.
The cargo plane arrived at Shahjalal International Airport around 4:06pm on Monday. The plane had left Tribhuvan International Airport around 2pm (Nepal local time).
Minister Obaidul Quader entered the airport through the VVIP gate around 3:40pm.
The first two dead bodies that were brought down from the cargo plane were of Tahira Tanvin and Nahar Bilquis Banu’s, which were taken into an ambulance. The rest of the bodies were gradually shifted into several ambulances stationed at the airport.
On the other hand, a flight of US-Bangla airlines arrived from Kathmandu 2:40pm, US-Bangla General Manager (Marketing and Public Relations) Kamrul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune.
The flight was carrying the families of the victims of the plane crash.
Kabir Hossain, a Bangladeshi survivor, came to Dhaka on the US-Bangla flight along with the family members of the other victims. He was immediately taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for medical treatment. Kabir's wife, Hena, said his legs are broken. The fifty three-year-old is a father of three and a businessman.
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US-Bangla aircraft crash survivor, Kabir Hossain, arrives in Dhaka on March 19, 2018 Afrose Jahan Chaity/Dhaka Tribune
The bodies of the 23 Bangladeshi victims were taken to the Army Stadium for a second namaj-janaza.
In the morning, the namaj-e-janaza of 23 identified Bangladeshis was held on the premises of Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal around 9:10am.
Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams said: “The body of another identified victim Mohammad Nazrul Islam will be sent to Bangladesh on Wednesday.
“We will send the bodies of Alifuzzaman and Pias Roy after their identities are confirmed through DNA tests.”
The identification process of the 23 Bangladeshi victims was completed on Sunday.
Forty-nine people were killed as the US-Bangla aircraft crashed and burst into flames at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on March 12.
The plane was carrying 71 people, including four cabin crew. Of the passengers, 36 were from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.
Among the dead, 26 were Bangladeshis, 22 Nepali and the other was a Chinese. The bodies of the Nepali and Chinese were handed over to their relatives on Saturday.