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14 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 March, 2018 01:28:15 AM
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We mourn air tragedy victims

We mourn air tragedy victims

The accident in Nepal of a passenger aircraft belonging to a Bangladeshi company, US-Bangla Airlines, has cast a pall of gloom over both countries. We are profoundly shocked at the reported loss of about 50 lives in the crash and are united in our prayers, hoping for the full recovery of those who are alive but are under treatment in different hospitals in Kathmandu.

An aircraft accident always results in fatalities, with many accidents ending in the death of all passengers and crew. Even when planes are involved in crashes on ground, survival rates are negligible.

Any loss of life, especially in circumstances of violence and destruction, is deeply saddening. But in Nepal’s case our pain is compounded by the revelation that the passengers included holiday makers, young couples, government officials on work tour and young Nepalese students, studying to be doctors in Bangladesh.

Death has taken away lives which had much to give to both the countries and make societies better. However, from the facts available relating to the accident, it can be surmised that a miscommunication between the aircraft and the control tower before landing contributed to the crash, ending so many dreams and a lot of potential.  

This is certainly not the time for recriminations and finger pointing, though there has to be a thorough investigation to find out what exactly was the cause for this disaster.

The airport in Kathmandu has seen several air crashes in the past with more than a dozen aviation disasters recorded in Nepal from the turn of the century. It is believed that the mountainous terrain make landing a dicey task and small errors can lead to diabolical accidents.

This monumental tragedy should also be a grim warning for airline safety. Reports of aircrafts of companies facing technical glitches are regular though their impact is minimum since these faults never resulted in a major incident. However, the Nepal tragedy underlines the importance of putting total importance on safety measures. In addition, there must be a limit on how many trips a plane should be permitted to make in a month before undergoing full check-up. The Nepal government for its prompt response and the Bangladesh embassy in Nepal for their efforts in tackling the post-accident turmoil deserve praise.  

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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