US-Bangla air crash: Bangladesh blames ATC failures, Nepal for pilot’s role
January 28th, 2019 at 8:40 pm
US-Bangla air crash: Bangladesh blames ATC failures, Nepal for pilot’s role

Dhaka – Bangladeshi authorities have said the last year’s deadly crash of a US-Bangla aircraft could have been avoided had the Air Traffic Control in Kathmandu guided the pilot properly during the plane’s landing at Tribhuvan International Airport.

But the Nepalese probe into the air crash blamed the pilot that caused death of 51 people, including the pilots and crew. The investigation said the mishap was caused by the human error, not because of any technical fault.     

Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan, the chairman of Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, at a press briefing said in Dhaka that the Nepalese investigation only highlighted the pilot’s role.

“US-Bangla air crash could be avoided if the ATC tower gave proper instruction to the pilot,” Hassan said adding that the members of the investigation team from Bangladesh found the air control tower acted slower.

The US-Bangla passenger aircraft crashed by the side of Tribhuvan International Airport on March 12 as the pilot was trying to land on the runway.

The Bangladeshi media briefing was called in Dhaka soon after the Nepal Aircraft Accident Investigation Commission released their report on Monday. The report said the accident took place due to “human error” but acknowledged that there was no technical glitch in the aircraft.

The CAAB said the report evaded the airport’s ATC inefficiency and tended to attribute the tragedy to the pilot’s error.

“We are neither differing with the report nor saying that it is wrong. We are just saying that the Nepalese authority avoided part of their ATC role in the report,” Hassan said.

Captain Salahuddin M Rahmatullah, who represented Bangladesh in the investigation team, said CAAB made some additional recommendations from Bangladesh side regarding the role of ATC and requested the Nepal authority to publish the recommendations at the annex of the report.

“We will lodge a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Authority unless our observation is registered in the report,” he said.