US-Bangla plane crash

Bangladeshi govt declares Thursday as mourning day

Published On: March 14, 2018 03:52 PM NPT By: Agencies

DHAKA, Mar 14: The government of Bangladesh has declared Thursday (March 15) as a mourning day in memory of the victims of the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash in Kathmandu.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Wednesday.

According to the decision, special prayers will be held at all religious institutions and worship places, including mosques, temples, churches and pagodas across Bangladesh on Friday.

At least 51 people died as the aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday.

On the other hand, three survivors, all Nepalese, were discharged from the hospital today, Rajkumer Chhetri, general manager of Tribhuvan airport told The Daily Star this morning.

Meanwhile, a six-member team that was formed in Nepal to investigate the US-Bangla aircraft crash will visit the crash site at 2:00pm (Nepal time) today, Chhetri added.

There were 71 people on the 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8, when it slammed on an empty field and burst into flames at the Tribhuvan International Airport on March 12, leaving 51 people dead.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal yesterday released a list of the casualties mentioning that of the 32 Bangladeshi passengers on board, 22 died in the crash while 10 others were undergoing treatment in hospital.

6-member medical team ready to leave for Nepal

A six-member medical team from Bangladesh is ready to go to Nepal. However, the final decision will be taken after the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal returns from Nepal this evening, Professor AHM Enayet Hussain, additional director general at the Directorate General of Health Services told The Daily Star.

Of the six team members, two are orthopedics specialists, two are burn specialists and two are anesthesiologists, sources said.


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