Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan has said that the US Bangla dash model aircraft that crushed at Katmandu Airport was totally fit to fly before departing Dhaka.
“We followed all set procedures of safety compliance before the departure of the aircraft,” he said.
He said those at a press briefing at the CAAB headquarters on Tuesday.
While asked about the same aircraft was operated on Dhaka-Chittagong-Dhaka route in the morning before it left for Katmandu, he said, “If the aircraft was not fit, it would have failed to fly on Chittagong route.”
He also said the black box of the ill-fated aircraft will be sent to Bombardier in Canada, the manufacturer of the dash, to decode it.
“After decoding the black box, we can say whether there was a technical glitch or human error behind the crash,” he added.
He said a three-member team from CAAB has been formed. “The members of the team are now in Katmandu,” he said.
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.