US Bangla crash: ‘Pilot had resigned before embarking on flight’

Kathmandu, March 14

The pilot of the US-Bangla plane that crashed in Kathmandu on Monday had resigned before embarking on the ill-fated fight, a Bangladesh-based newspapers says.

“AbidĀ  (Abid Sultan) sent his resignation letter to the US-Bangla authorities through e-mail before his flight to Nepal,” one of his colleagues told Prothom Alo. The paper quotes his colleagues to say that his resignation was, however, not accepted.

Sultan and his co-pilot Prithula Rashid were among 49 people who died in the crash. The paper says thatĀ Sultan’s colleagues knew that a high official working for the US-Bangla airlines had resigned two months ago and joined an Ethiopian airline. The official wanted Sultan to work for his new airline and may have encouraged him to resign, the paper says.

Abid Sultan joined the US-Bangla in 2015. According to Prothol Alo, he was the head of the pilots at US-Bangla for Dash-8 Q400 aircraft. He was also a trainer of this aircraft. The former Bangladesh Air Force pilot he retired as a flight lieutenant in 2004 after serving for 20 years.

Published on March 14th, Wednesday, 2018 2:42 PM

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1 Comment
  • Tamim says: | October 24 2018 4:48pm

    The pilot needs to be very careful. Need to proper investigation.


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