KATHMANDU, March 17: A meeting of the House of Representatives on Monday endorsed a special condolence motion and observed a minute of silence over the demise of 49 people in the US-Bangla aircraft crash in Kathmandu on Monday.
Parliament unanimously endorsed the motion tabled by Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara in the House meeting. Out of 71 passengers on board the ill-fated aircraft, 49 were killed as the plane crashed while landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
The deceased include 22 Nepali nationals, 26 Bangladeshis and one Chinese.
“This House meeting expresses deep sorrow over the tragic accident. The meeting also wishes that the deceased soul may rest in peace and expresses sympathy to the families of the deceased and prays for the speedy recovery of the injured,” said Mahara.
The condolence motion had mistakenly mentioned the total number of deceased as 51. But the actual number of deceased is 49 as of Friday evening.
Prior to the motion, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had informed the same House meeting that 49 people had lost their lives in the accident. Addressed the meeting, Prime Minister Oli expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives and wished speedy recovery of those receiving treatment at various hospitals.
“I am standing at the rostrum with heavy heart. It was a heart-rending accident that took place on March 12, killing 49 people onboard the US-Bangla plane,” he said.
Oli's address and condolence motion in the House come amid Bangladesh accusing Nepal of not taking the incident seriously.
He also informed the National Assembly meeting later on Friday about the incident and expressed commitment from the government's side for independent probe over the incident and treatment of the injured.