Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has issued press release about final report of US Bangla aircraft crash at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) March last year. The report has found out pilots fault as one of the major incident that occurred in Nepal in recent time.
A Bombardier Q400, Dash 8 aircraft of US-Bangla Airways, Flight number UBG 211 crashed at TIA on March 12 2018 near the fire side of Runway 02 during landing. The aircraft was under the command of Captain Abed and First officer Prithula. Total of 51 lost their life in the incident.
6 member Investigation committee formed to probe the incident has submitted the final report to the ministry on Sunday.
The report concluded that the pilot was in mental stress and emotionally disturbed and the confusion between Air Traffic Controller and Pilot as main reason of the crash.
The investigation committee also concluded that due to lack of immediate action to put out fire from the airport management caused loss of life of many people.
The investigation team was led by former director general of CAAN, Yagya Prasad Gautam, Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, Dr. Rajiv Dev, K.K. Sharma, Sunil Pradhan, and Uddhav Prasad Subedi.
The investigation was done with the help of flight recorder (CVR/FDR), concerned officials, and cockpit record, pilot’s psychological state, flight manuals etc. The final report was made as per provision outlined Chapter 6, Section 6.5 of ICAO Annex 13.
The aircraft was on an approach to land at TIA, when it crashed in the Eastern part of the field of Runway 02, just outside the inner perimeter fence of the aerodrome. The aircraft was scheduled to arrive from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh with 67 passengers and 4 crew members on-board to TIA, Kathmandu, Nepal.
At the crash site, the aircraft was found mostly burnt and completely damaged as it caught fire that engulfed major portions of aircraft at the point of its resting.