Friday, December 14, 2018

US-Bangla pilot Abid Sultan dies, says airline spokesman

  • Staff Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-03-13 11:28:37 BdST

Abid Sultan. Photo: Facebook

Abid Sultan, the pilot of the US-Bangla Airlines plane that crashed in Nepal, has died, the airline’s spokesman Kamrul Islam says.

Sultan was admitted in critical condition to a Kathmandu hospital, said Islam, a deputy general manager at the US-Bangla Airlines.

At least 49 people died on Monday after the Bangladeshi airliner crashed in cloudy weather as it flew in to land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

There were 33 Nepali passengers, 32 from Bangladesh, one from China and one from the Maldives.

The plane, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, took off from Dhaka at 12:52pm Bangladesh Standard Time and crashed into a fence of the Tribhuvan airport at 2:18pm Kathmandu time.

Co-pilot Prithula Rashid and crew member Khwaja Hussain have died in the tragedy.