Twenty-five of the 34 Bangladeshis have died in the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash in Nepal. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam confirmed the news of their deaths on Monday in a Facebook post.
There were 71 people on board the plane – 67 passengers and four Bangladeshi crew members, according to bdnews24.com reports. The other passengers included 33 from Nepal, including 13 students of a medical college in Bangladesh, one from China and one from the Maldives.
The plane, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, took off from Dhaka at 12:52pm Bangladesh Standard Time and crashed into a fence of the Tribhuvan International Airport at 2:18pm Kathmandu time.
Co-pilot Prithula Rashid and crew member Khwaja Hussain have died in the tragedy.
The Bangladeshi passengers who have died in the accident are:
Rokibul Hasan, FH Priok, his minor daughter Tamarra Prionmoyee, Rafiq Zaman Rimu, his wife Sabzida Haque Bipasha, their minor son Aniruddha Zaman, Nazia Afrin Chowdhury, Umme Salma, Foysal Ahmed, Eakub Ali, Alifuzzaman, Bilkis Ara, Begum Harun Nahar Bilquis Banu, Akhtara Begum, Hasan Imam, Mohammad Nazrul Islam, Akhi Moni, Meenhaz Bin Nasir, Motiur Rahman, SM Mahmudur Rahman, Tahira Tanvin Shahi Reza, Pias Roy, and Nuruz Zaman.
Hailing from Sirajganj, Rokibul was a software engineer. He studied at the Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology or RUET and married his peer Emrana Kabir Hashi, who survived the accident.
Rafiq, a former journalist who had worked at bdnews24.com, worked for children with disabilities.His wife Bipasha was working as a public relations officer at a citizens’ rights organisation, Shujan.They were travelling to Nepal with their 6-year-old son Aniruddha as tourists. All three are dead.
Pias, a student of Sheikh Sayera Khatun Medical College in Gopalganj, was a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League. Foysal was a staff correspondent at Boishakhi TV. He hails from Shariatpur.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed their profound shock at the loss of lives in the crash of an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu of Nepal on Monday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will return home on Tuesday cutting short her official visit to Singapore to stand beside the families of the victims of tragic plane crash at Kathmandu on Monday.
US-Bangla CEO Imran Asif has said they would take steps for the treatment of the injured and bringing back the bodies.