Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said that the Awami League government stands by those who lost their loved ones in the US-Bangla aircraft crash.
He said: “The Awami League government under the leadership of Prime Minsiter Sheikh Hasina has been by the side of those who lost their loved ones in the incident since the beginning, and we will be there for them in the future.”
He said the above while talking to reporters at Shahjalal International Airport on Monday – after a cargo plane of Bangladesh Air Force, carrying the bodies of 23 Bangladeshis who lost their lives in the aircraft crash, arrived around 4:06pm at the airport.
When asked whether the government would provide any financial aid to the families, he said: “Let’s not talk about the matter at the moment; however, we will provide them with all kinds of help.”
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The minister entered the airport through the VVIP gate around 3:40pm.
Meanwhile, when asked to comment on the progress of their investigation, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shajahan Kamal said: “Our team went to Nepal soon after the tragic accident. We have started investigating the black box. We hope our investigation will be complete on time.”
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.