On March 12, 2018, a plane carrying 71 people crashed in Nepal, killing 51 passengers and injuring 20 others. The flight, operated by US-Bangla Airlines, was en route to Kathmandu from Bangladesh and was attempting to land at the Tribhuvan International Airport when it crash-landed. The cause of the crash was determined to be a result of a combination of factors, including errors made by the pilot and air traffic control. The pilot, Captain Abid Sultan, had reportedly been disoriented and had disregarded instructions from the air traffic control tower. Additionally, the airport’s navigation system had been undergoing maintenance, resulting in communication difficulties between the pilot and the control tower.
The crash was one of the deadliest in Nepal’s history and has led to a number of changes in the country’s aviation industry. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has implemented stricter regulations for airline operators and has increased oversight of airlines to ensure the safety of passengers. The crash also brought attention to the state of Nepal’s airport infrastructure. The Tribhuvan International Airport, which is the only international airport in the country, has been criticized for its lack of modern equipment and facilities. The airport is currently undergoing renovations to improve safety and bring it up to international standards.
In the aftermath of the crash, the families of the victims received compensation from the airline and the government. The airline also faced legal action, with the Nepali government filing a lawsuit against US-Bangla Airlines for compensation. The tragic crash of US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining strict safety protocols and investing in necessary infrastructure in the aviation industry. It also highlights the need for proper communication and coordination between all parties involved in a flight, including the pilot, air traffic control, and airport staff.