US-Bangla CEO Imran Asif speaks at a press conference
Top US-Bangla Airlines officials said there are contradictions in the preliminary report by the Nepal’s commission charged with investigating the airplane crash in Kathmandu.
“Despite our complete faith in everyone involved, we will say that the report does not cover all the topics it was supposed to,” said US-Bangla CEO Imran Asif at a press conference at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on Sunday.
“We do not reject the report. But there are some contradictions.”
On Mar 12, US-Bangla flight BS 211 left for Kathmandu carrying 67 passengers and four crew members meet a fatal disaster while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport. The plane mishap killed 51, among the dead 25 were Bangladesh nationals.
According to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) rules, an initial report must be submitted within a month of any accident. An investigation by the Nepali government submitted a five-page report on the crash on April 9.
According to the report, the DASH-8 Q400 model airplane was not in ‘standard communication’ with air traffic control prior to crashing by the side of the runway.
The probe did not reach any conclusions as to why the communication between the pilot and the Kathmandu air traffic control (ATC) went off for several seconds before the fatal crash.
On April 12, the Bangladeshi representative to the commission, Civil Aviation Association of Bangladesh (CAAB) Flight Operation Consultant Salauddin M Rahmatullah told journalists at a press conference that the reason for the accident would be determined in the probe’s final report.
According to the initial report, the Tribhuvan runway, taxiway and landing strip were prepared for the model of airplane involved in the crash. Fire service and rescue workers were able to begin work on the crash within the two minutes set out in the regulations, it said.
US-Bangla CEO Imran Asif said he had doubt about the accuracy of this portion of the report.
“From what we heard from local eyewitnesses and the injured passengers, we believe the rescue workers did not reach the aircraft within the two minutes. If they did there would have been far fewer casualties.”
The voice recorder and flight data recorder of the crashed plane have been sent to Canada for analysis. Their investigation is in progress.