Airline confirms death of pilot of plane that crashed in Nepal
Nepalese police officers inspect the site of the crash next to the wreckage of US-Bengla flight BS211 at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmanduu, Nepal, Mar. 13, 2018. EPA-EFE/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
Dead bodies recovered from the wreckage of a plane that crashed at the main airport Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Mar. 12, 2018. EPA-EFE/NARENDRA SHRESTHA ATTENTION: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Nepalese police inspect the site of the plane crash at the airport in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Mar. 12, 2018. EPA-EFE/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
Dhaka, Mar 13 (efe-epa).- The pilot of the US-Bangla airplane that crashed in Kathmandu died of his injuries Tuesday morning at a hospital in the Nepali capital, the Dhaka-based airline said.
"We got a message after 10 am that he had died," the spokesperson for US-Bangla, Kamrul Islam, told EFE.
Islam described Abid Sultan as an "experienced pilot" with over 5,000 flying hours and said he had landed over 100 times in Kathmandu.
The co-pilot, Prithula Rashid, also died in the accident on Monday.
A total of at least 49 people were killed.
The preliminary investigation indicates that confusion between the control tower and the pilots could have led to the crash of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft at Kathmandu airport with 71 people aboard.
This is the worst aircraft crash in the last 25 years in Nepal, which has repeatedly faced international sanctions for failing to adhere to safety standards.