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US-Bangla crash: Nepal to probe conversation leaks

  • New Desk
    Published: 2018-03-13 20:33:27 BdST

Officials check the belongings recovered from the cash site of a US-Bangla airplane at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal March 12, 2018. REUTERS

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal or CAAN and the Central Investigation Bureau or CIB will jointly investigate the leaked conversations between the air traffic controller and the pilots of US-Bangla Airlines, My Republica reports.

The records of the black box, the conversation between the pilot and ATC and flight data are prohibited to be published, Director General of CAAN Sanjeev Gautam said at a media briefing in Kathmandu, citing the rules of International Civil Aviation Organisation.

“We will investigate the leaked conversations between the ATC and the cockpit,” Gautam said.

The CAAN has transferred the six employees of the Air Control Room who were on duty during the plane crash. Rescuers, meanwhile, claimed that the team reached the crash site within two minutes.

“It took time to douse the fire as the blaze spread in the dried grass of the site, though the rescue team reached on time,” said Gautam.