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US-Bangla plane crash: 17 Bangladeshis among 32 identified victims

  • Published at 08:45 pm March 17th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:32 am March 18th, 2018
US-Bangla plane crash: 17 Bangladeshis among 32 identified victims
The bodies of 32 out of 49 victims, including 17 Bangladesh nationals, of the US-Bangla Airlines plane that crashed in Kathmandu last week have been identified. The Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal released a list of the identified Bangladeshi victims, including three crewmembers of the plane, in this regard Saturday evening. The are Foysal Ahmed, Bilkis Ara, Akhtara Begum, Md Rokibul Hasan, Sanzida Hoque, Md Hasan Imam, Meenhaz Bin Nasir, Prionmoyee Tamarra, Md Motiur Rahman, SM Mahmudur Rahman, Tahira Tanvin Shashi Reza, Aniruddha Zaman, Md Rafiquz Zaman, Nuruz Zaman, Abid Sultan, Prithula Rashid and Khwaja Hossain Mohammad Shafey. The other identified victims include 14 Nepali and one Chinese national. Dr Sohel Mahmud, associate professor of forensic medicine at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), also confirmed the Dhaka Tribune the number of the deceased identified so far. Earlier in the afternoon, he and Dr Pramod Shrestha, head of forensic department at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), at a media briefing in front of TUTH in Kathmandu had said that 25 victims were identified. Shrestha said: "Only the bodies of the Nepali victims will be handed over to their relatives today [Saturday]. And the relatives of the Bangladeshi victims will only be allowed to see the bodies.” Seven other deceased, including three Bangladeshis and four Nepali, were identified later in the evening. Dr Sohel Mahmud, who is now in Nepal with a Bangladeshi team of doctors, at the briefing also reconfirmed that 26 out of the 36 Bangladeshis who were on board that plane were killed in the crash. The 10 other Bangladeshis, who survived with different injuries, were now undergoing treatment at hospitals in Dhaka and Kathmandu, he said. "However, DNA profiling will be conducted to identify the bodies of the remaining nine Bangladeshis," he added. Sohel asked the victims’ relatives in Bangladesh to contact CID's Forensic DNA Laboratory in Dhaka's Malibagh in this regard. The bodies identified so far would be sent back home in a couple of days, he told reporters. US-Bangla Airlines Flight BS211 had crashed at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on March 12, killing 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshis and 22 Nepali. The plane flew from Dhaka to Kathmandu carrying 67 passengers and four crew members. Of them, 36 were from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.