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US-Bangla Plane Crash

Families of victims stuck in grief

Staff Correspondent     14 March, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Families of victims stuck in grief

Families and relatives are reeling from the tragic deaths of their Bangladeshi near and dear ones in the US-Bangla plane crash in Nepal.

Forty-six family members of 36 Bangladeshi victims reached Nepal on Tuesday by a flight of the same airlines to take their glimpse.

They were taken to the hospitals in Nepal where their relatives were taking treatment.

Pilot Abid Sultan of the crashed plane succumbed to his fatal injuries at hospital in Nepal on Tuesday, raising the death toll to 50.

Official sources said 26 Bangladeshi passengers were among the total deceased in the plane crash in Kathmandu. Ten more Bangladeshis were injured in the accident.

Afsana, wife of pilot Abid, said, “I don’t know how I can live without Abid.”

“Still I cannot believe that Abid is no more with us. I don’t know how our family will overcome his tragic death,” said Khurshid Mahmud, elder brother of Abid.

Md Kaykobad, uncle of victim Faysal Sardar, said, “We are not sure about Faysal’s death and we are still hopeful of his return.”

Humayun Kabir, father of victim Imrana Kabir Hashi, came to Dhaka airport, but could not fly to Nepal as he doesn’t have his passport.

“I came to know that Hashi is still alive and taking treatment. I can’t wait to see my daughter,” he added.

The relatives of other victims are also waiting eagerly for their beloved ones who were killed or injured in the tragic air crash.

The bodies of 50 passengers, including 26 Bangladeshis, were taken to Maharajgunj-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu for postmortems.

A high-level Bangladeshi team led by Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Shahjahan Kamal and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam flew to Kathmandu on Tuesday.

They will take those killed or injured in the plane crash. They will discuss with Nepali authorities the possible reasons for the accident.

Pilot Abid dies, death toll hits 50

Abid Sultan, a pilot of the US-Bangla Airlines plane, succumbed to his fatal injuries on Tuesday, raising the death toll to 50, Kamrul Islam, spokesman for the airline, confirmed.

Captain Abid Sultan, a former pilot of the Bangladesh Air Force, had landed more than 100 times at Kathmandu, where wind shear and bird hits are frequent hazards.

The embassy released the list of the casualties of Bangladesh’s worst airline disaster. It said 32 Bangladeshi passengers were on board, 22 of them died in the crash while ten others were undergoing treatment in hospital.

It also confirmed deaths of pilot Abid Sultan, co-pilot Prithula Rashid and crew Khwaja Hussain and KHM Shafey.

Those alive are Shahreen Ahmed, Eakub Ali, Almun Nahar Annie, Md Shahin Bepari, Md Rezwanul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Emrana Kabir Hashi, Md Kabir Hossain, Sheikh Rashed Rubayet and Kamrunnahar Shwarna.

Flight data recorder retrieved Investigators retrieved the flight data recorder from the wreckage of the crashed US-Bangla plane which attempted to land in Kathmandu, said a senior airport official in Nepal.

“The flight data recorder has been recovered; we have kept it safely,” said Raj Kumar Chettri, the airport’s general manager, adding that an investigation into the cause of the crash had begun.

Canadian plane maker Bombardier said in a statement it is sending an air safety investigator to the site, as well as a field service representative. Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice-Marshal M Naim Hasan said the exact information will be known after analysing the black-box data.

Nothing will remain secret and reasons will be digging out. The CAAB also sent a team to Nepal.

US-Bangla announces all-out support  The US-Bangla Airlines said they will bear the medical cost of the victims who survived the plane crash at Tribhuban International Airport in Kathmandu.

Kamrul Islam, managing director of public relations of the airlines, said, “US-Bangla is sincere in compensating to the dead victims and survivors suffering injuries during the plane crash”.

CAAN transfers 6 ATC officers to ‘relieve stress’!

Six officers stationed at the Air Traffic Control Tower who witnessed the plane crash have been transferred to other departments.

“This is a standard procedure to release stress after fateful incident. They witnessed a huge disaster and they are shocked. Hence, we’ve transferred them to other departments,” Rajan Pokharel, Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority, Nepal,” said.