US-Bangla Crash in Nepal: victims’ kin to wait long for compensation

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-KATHMANDU

It has already been three months of the fatal crash of a private Bangladeshi carrier, US Bangla flight to Kathmandu that killed over 50 people on board however, victims’ families are facing a long and complex process to receive the compensation they were promised two months ago.

Flight BS211 of US-Bangla Airlines, carrying 67 passengers and four crew members, crashed at the airside of Tribhuvan International Airport in the Nepal’s capital on March 12, this year killing 27 Bangladeshi nationals including all four crew members, 23 Nepali nationals and one Chinese.

Bangladesh Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister, AKM Shahjahan Kamal on April 11 vowed the family of each of the 27 Bangladeshi victims would receive a $50,000 (roughly Tk42 lakh) in compensation.

“We have not received any compensation yet; we don’t know how long it will take,” said Firuja Begum, whose son Faruq Hossain Priok and three-year-old granddaughter Priyonmoyi Tamara died in the crash.

Firuja said her daughter-in-law Almun Nahar Annie, who survived the crash, submitted all the relevant documents over a month ago. The US-Bangla Airlines authorities told them that their case was under process.

Tangail resident Masud Uddin Bhuiyan, whose wife Umme Salma, a high-ranking official at the Planning Commission, died in the crash, said he submitted the documents four weeks ago, but had yet to hear about the compensation.

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