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US-Bangla finds ‘inconsistencies’ in Nepal’s plane crash probe report

  • Published at 07:30 pm April 22nd, 2018
  • Last updated at 07:59 pm April 22nd, 2018
US-Bangla finds ‘inconsistencies’ in Nepal’s plane crash probe report
The US-Bangla Airlines authorities have claimed to have found “inconsistencies” in the initial probe report provided by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal on the crash of its aircraft in Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport on March 12. US-Bangla Airlines CEO Asif Kabir read out a statement over the report at a press briefing in the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka on Sunday. The Nepali civil aviation authorities provided the report one month after the tragic plane crash. Reading out the statement, Asif said: “In the report, it was claimed that the authorities concerned of Nepal started extinguishing the fire two minutes after the plane crash, but after speaking to witnesses and injured victims, we learnt that the number of causalities could have been lower had the Nepal authorities started their work within two minutes of the accident." Replying to a question, the CEO said: “We do not completely reject the report, but there are some inconsistencies in the report."
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The 76-seater Dash Q aircraft that flew to Kathmandu from Dhaka had 71 people on board, including four crew members, when it crashed in a field near Tribhuvan International Airport on March 12, killing 50 people. Among the deceased, 27 were Bangladeshis, including all four crew members, 22 Nepali and one Chinese citizen. Asif said in the initial report, they could not reach a conclusion over the disruption in the conversation between the pilot of the plane and the air traffic control tower at Tribhuvan airport. The US-Bangla Airlines authorities also raised questions over the transfer of six air traffic officers stationed at the airport traffic control tower after the incident. Responding to a question, Asif said: “We hope the final probe report will be fair and reveal the reason behind the crash.”