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Nepal plane crash toll climbs to 51, probe panel formed

IANS  |  Kathmandu 

The death toll in the plane crash in climbed to 51 after two more people succumbed to injuries in hospital here on Tuesday as the formed a probe panel to investigate the aviation disaster.

The said in a press release that 22 Nepalis, 28 Bangladeshis and a Chinese passenger lost their lives in Monday's accident -- the worst in the nation since a 1992 (PIA) crash that claimed 167 lives.

The injured were receiving treatment at various hospitals in There were 71 passengers, including four crew members on board when the ill-fated aircraft crashed on Monday while landing at (TIA).

Investigators retrieved the flight data recorder from the wreckage of the plane. The aircraft caught fire when it narrowly escaped hitting the tail of a plane parked along the runway. The ill-fated plane was said to have circled the airport twice before trying to land, the Post reported.

According to preliminary findings, the 78-seater Dash 8 aircraft crashed due to a communication error between the cockpit and the control tower. The and airport authorities blamed each other for the disaster.

While the blamed air traffic control, the airport said the plane landed from the wrong direction due to pilot's "missed approach".

Environment told the media that a probe panel -- to be headed by former -- had been formed to investigate the aviation disaster.

Meanwhile, relatives of the Bangladeshi victims of the plane crash arrived here to identify their kin.

"One of our flights already reached with 46 relatives and family members of victims and officials. We are now working on bringing the bodies back home and ensuring medical treatment for injured victims," a for the US-Bangla Airlines, Kamrul Islam, said.

Bangladesh's for Civil Aviation and Tourism A.K.and Foreign were in taking stock of the situation.

Two officials from Bangladesh's Ministry of Planning, who were travelling to Nepal for a regional symposium on and poverty alleviation in South Asia, were among the dead.

Meanwhile, the Kathmandu-based Secretariat of the (Saarc) conveyed condolences to the peoples and governments of and Nepal over the loss of lives in the horrific accident.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:58 IST