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Airline Confirms Death of Pilot of Plane That Crashed in Nepal

DHAKA – The pilot of the US-Bangla airplane that crashed in Kathmandu died of his injuries Tuesday morning at a hospital in the Nepali capital, the Dhaka-based airline said.

“We got a message after 10 am that he had died,” the spokesperson for US-Bangla, Kamrul Islam, told EFE.

Islam described Abid Sultan as an “experienced pilot” with over 5,000 flying hours and said he had landed over 100 times in Kathmandu.

The co-pilot, Prithula Rashid, also died in the accident on Monday.

A total of at least 49 people were killed.

The preliminary investigation indicates that confusion between the control tower and the pilots could have led to the crash of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft at Kathmandu airport with 71 people aboard.

This is the worst aircraft crash in the last 25 years in Nepal, which has repeatedly faced international sanctions for failing to adhere to safety standards.

 

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