DACCA – Relatives of the victims of an airplane crash in Kathmandu traveled to Nepal on Tuesday to identify the deceased.
The aircraft, a US-Bangla airlines Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 registered S2-AGU, with 71 people on board, 36 of whom were Bangladeshi, crashed on Monday at Kathmandu airport during landing due to a communication error between the cockpit and control tower, according to preliminary findings.
“One of our flights already reached Kathmandu with 46 relatives and family members of victims and officials. We are now working on bringing dead bodies back home and ensure medical treatment for injured victims,” a spokesman for US-Bangla Airlines, Kamrul Islam, told EFE.
At least 49 people have died, 25 of whom were from Bangladesh, and another 22 have suffered injuries, according to the Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry.
“The dead bodies need to be identified first through the forensic report,” he said.
Two officials from the Ministry of Planning in Bangladesh, who were traveling to Nepal for a regional symposium on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in South Asia, were among the dead.
Both the airline and air traffic control tower at Kathmandu airport have blamed each other for the fatal crash.
This is one of the worst aircraft crashes in recent years in Nepal.