Nepal plane crash caused by confusion about runway?

A high-level Bangladeshi team, including Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism A.K.M. Shahjahan Kamal and Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, will arrive in Nepal on Tuesday following the US Bangla Airlines' passenger plane crash that claimed 49 lives.

The airline's chief executive Imran Asif said on Monday that there had been a "fumble from the control tower" as the plane approached the airport's single runway.

Rescue workers survey the wreckage of the plane which crashed attempting to land at Kathmandu airport, Nepal, March 12, 2018.

Nepal PM KP Oli on Monday said a commission will be formed to investigate the cause of the crash.

Recordings of the conversation between air traffic control and the pilot appear to indicate confusion over which end of the airport's single runway the plane was to approach. At one point, the controller told the woman copilot she was heading toward runway 20, although the aircraft had been cleared for runway 02. It is the worst air disaster that has been happening in Nepal for many years now. Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi delegation today joined a six-member Nepali committee to probe the crash-landing.

The Dhaka-based airline made its first worldwide flight in May 2016 to Kathmandu, and has since expanded with routes to South Asia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

"Sultan was experienced, quite familiar with the airfield and the aircraft", US-Bangla spokesman Kamrul Islam said."Rashid was also specially trained to make landings at the airport".

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After the audio clip was released, the airlines and the airport authorities have been blaming each other for the mishap.

"It is yet to be identified whether the pilot or air traffic control was wrong", he said, adding the investigation would be carried out with Bangladesh.

Yesterday's accident is deadliest since September 1992 when all 167 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane were killed when it crashed near the Kathmandu airport.

The aircraft crashed short of the runway, broke apart and caught fire.

Aftermath video shows the wreckage of the plane that crashed and burst into flames in Kathmandu. The pilot then says, "Cleared to land Runaway 02", even though he had sought permission for 20. The parent company is involved in a number of industries, including real estate, education and agriculture.

In early 2016, a Twin Otter turboprop aircraft slammed into a mountainside in Nepal killing all 23 people on board.


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