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Aircraft crash in Nepal: Dash-8 falled down due to pilot

The commander was upset and cried for a large part of the flight

The incident involving the Bombardier Dash-8 Q-400 aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines connecting Dhaka with Kathmandu on March 12, 2018 -that provoked the death of 51 of 71 people on board- was caused by the pilot, who anticipated by "The Kathmandu Post" was troubled and for almost the totality of the flight was crying and smoking. Data that emerged from the investigations carried out by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and the Bengali Aviation Authority.

To cause this state of mind in the pilot Abid Sultan was the very strong stress caused by doubts about his good reputation as an instructor in the airline insinuated by one of his colleague. A strong nervousness that had provoked him to smoke in the cabin violating the rules on safety. Nothing could have been the first officer, who tried -as emerged from the black box- to console him. In this state of mind, according to the first investigation report, the commander Sultan consciously decided not to follow the instructions of the air traffic controllers, who had directed him towards the approach south of the Kathamandu airport.

Sultan instead followed the route to the north, the most difficult -perhaps to demonstrate his skills-, but was not able to align the plane before landing, striking the grass on the edge of the runway, and the friction ignited the Bombardier. To know if this anticipation is actually the truth, it will be necessary to wait for the publication of the final report of the commission of inquiry.

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