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13 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Claims over cause of crash

Air traffic gave wrong info: US-Bangla

Staff Reporter

US-Bangla Airlines yesterday said it suspected that wrong information was given to the pilots of its ill fated flight BS211 by the air traffic control (ATC) at Tribhuvan International Airport which caused the crash of the Dash-8 Q400 aircraft. The airlines CEO Imran Asif, at a press briefing at his office, said the ATC at Dhaka airport has confirmed that the plane landed through the wrong end of the Kathmandu airport (Runway 20 instead of Runway 2). “We have got hold of a clip of conversation of pilots with ATC ... If you listen to the conversation, you will understand there was a tendency of giving wrong information to the pilots from the ATC. We are investigating it,’ he said.

He, however, said that the airlines was not making any allegation and rather suspecting that there may have been negligence on the part of the ATC in Kathmandu about giving clear information to the US-Bangla pilots, thus causing the accident. “The pilot asked them that which (end of) runway they would use. In this conversation our pilots were given different information at different times. And we think that this accident took place due to this miscommunication. The negligence was not from our part, it was from ATC tower.  We are not telling it definitely but we are suspecting that it ATC somehow misled our pilots to land on the long runway,’ he added.

 

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