Dhaka – Authorities in Bangladesh have dispelled the confusion over fitness of the Dash model aircraft that crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport saying the airliner was fully fit for its trip to fly to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
Air-Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan, chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, came up with the information Tuesday, a day after the aircraft crashed and burst into fire at the TIA.
“We have followed all set safety procedures before the departure of the aircraft,” Hassan told reporters in Dhaka headquarters of the CAAB.
The same aircraft was operated on a domestic route (Dhaka-Chittagong-Dhaka) in the morning before it left for Kathmandu in the afternoon, he said.
“It would have failed to fly had there by any technical fault,” the CAAB boss said adding that the black box of the aircraft will be sent to Bombardier in Canada, the manufacturer of the Dash, to decode it.
Decoding the black box will confirm whether it had any technical glitch or there was any human error that caused the mishap.
The Nepal government has assigned a six-member panel to investigate the crash. Bangladesh also formed a three-member team, which left for Kathmandu on Tuesday, to look into the incident.
Nepal will be solely responsible for the investigation as per the international rules set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Bangladesh will extend support to the team, if necessary.
The CAAB chairman did not dismiss the audio conversation between the pilot and the control tower ahead of the crash saying he neither endorse nor reject the audio viral on social media platforms.
“The YouTube link was not verified.”