The authority of US-Bangla Airlines has claimed that the pilot wasn’t at fault in the plane crash at Nepal airport that left at least 51 dead, including the pilot.
Abid Sultan, the pilot of the crashed US-Bangla Airlines flight who sustained injuries in the plane crash, died at Norvic Hospital in Kathmundu on Tuesday.
“No problem was found from the captain’s end,” US-Bangla spokesperson Kamrul Islam said.
He said those while talking to the reporters in Dhaka on Tuesday.
“He has flown the aircraft for 1,700 hours, logged over 5,000 flight hours. He also made over a hundred landings in Kathmandu.”
“He was quite familiar the airfield, the aircraft. We do not think it was his fault,” he said.
While asked about whether there was any dispute between Captain Abid Sultan and the airlines, Islam said, “It was a wrong message. The authority has no right to pressure pilots. These reports are incorrect and misleading.”
He said details regarding the crash could be known once the data from black box is analyzed.
Over the 2015 mishap of a domestic flight in Syedpur airport, Islam said, “There is no link between that flight and the Nepal incident. They are different aircraft.”
At least 50 people, including 27 Bangladeshis, were killed in US-Bangla plane crash in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday.
There were 71 people on board the plane. Among them 67 were passengers and four were Bangladeshi crew members.
The other passengers included 33 from Nepal, one from China and one from the Maldives.
The US Bangla plane took off from Dhaka at 12:52pm Bangladesh Standard Time and crashed into a fence of the Tribhuvan International Airport at 2:18pm Kathmandu time.
Co-pilot Prithula Rashid and crew member Khwaja Hussain have died in the tragedy.