Confusion over path of plane blamed for Nepal crash which killed 49
Mar 14, 2018, 00:24
Survivors and witnesses of a plane crash in Nepal have described the chaotic moments when the aircraft went down, killing at least 49 people.
However, the US-Bangla airlines have said that no clear instructions were given.
"We suspect wrong signals from Kathmandu air traffic control room might have led to the crash", Asif told reporters on Monday."A three-minute conversation between the pilot and the air traffic control before the landing indicated that they sent a wrong signal to the pilot".
The private Bangladeshi airlines say confusion over communication between the airport control tower and the pilot might have caused the mishap as the message from the tower was puzzling. At one point, the controller told the woman copilot she was heading toward runway 20, although the aircraft had been cleared for runway 02. The plane, which was coming from Bangladesh, was flying low and erratically before striking the ground and erupting in flames on Monday.
In the video, filmed today (March 12), the downed plane can be seen in pieces.
They also conveyed condolences to their families, their governments and their peoples, said a statement. The bodies and injured passengers were taken to the hospitals by 5:45 pm, according to CAAN.
Plane's co-pilot Prithula Rashid and crew member Khwaja Hussain died earlier. At one point it seemed like it would crash into the surrounding mountains, she said, adding that it seemed to have made a landing before two quick explosions were heard and it burst into flames.
The aircraft swerved repeatedly as it descended towards Tribhuvan International Airport, witnesses said.
Hundreds of people stood on a nearby hill, staring down at what remained of the Bombardier Dash 8. It also transported more than 40 relatives of plane crash victims to Kathmandu on Tuesday.
According preliminary findings, the planecrashed on Monday at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) during landing due to a communication error between the cockpit and the control tower.
The airline, part of US-Bangla Group, is based in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and flies to several domestic and worldwide destinations. The airlines is a unit of the US-Bangla Group, a US Bangladeshi joint venture company.
He further stated that the rescue squad comprising Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, airport fire-fighting team and emergency response team had reached the crash-site on time to rescue the passengers.
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