Investigation committee presents final draft report of US-Bangla crash to the Ministry

Investigation committee formed to probe the US-Bangla airlines flight BS211 crash in Nepal has presented the final draft report to the ministry. The US Bangla Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 with 71 onboard crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on March 12.

The investigating committee provided the final report to Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari in accordance to ICAO Annex 13 and Civil Aviation (Accident Investigation) Regulation 2016 of Nepal.

The ministry will be allocated 60 days to provide feedback and suggestion on the topic and after evaluating all the feedbacks from the ministry after 60 days, the final report will be prepared by the committee. After that, the final report will be made public as stated in a press release on the ministry’s website.

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Weeks ago, hoax report was released stating that the pilot of the US-Bangla plane that crashed in March, killing 51 people, appears to have lied to the control tower during the landing procedure and was smoking continuously inside the cockpit during the one-hour flight from to Kathmandu. However, various officials of accident investigation committee had denied it.

Captain Salahuddin M Rahmatullah, a Bangladeshi investigator who is working with Nepali Official Investigation for the US-Bangla Flight BS211Crash in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) termed the investigation findings ‘baseless’ after a report leaked in various Nepali media. Capt. Salahuddin is also the head of Aircraft Accident Investigation Group (AAIG) of Bangladesh.

The commission informed that the report was not finished and published officially. “Once the report is completed, it will be made public as per the provision of the government regulation and ICAO standards.” Officials say that there is no possibility of publishing the report before December and also urged all parties concerned not to make unnecessary speculation regarding this issue where lives from Nepal and other friendly countries were lost in the crash.

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