OSNepal, Kathmandu, 13th March: Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has said on Tuesday that the cause of the US-Bangla Airlines Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft crash can only be ascertained after the probe panel formed to investigate the matter submits its report. Speaking at a presser organized at Tribhuvan International Airport, Secretary at the Ministry Krishna Prasad Devkota stated that it was too early to comment on how the passenger plane flying from Dhaka crashed at Nepal’s only international airport on Monday, killing 49 passengers on board. “The cause of the crash can be determined after the probe panel submits its report on conclusion of the investigation. Until then, any comment on the matter would be inappropriate and invalid,” said Secretary Devkota.
The government has already formed a six-member probe panel under the coordination of former Director General at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Yagya Prasad Gautam. “We have reached an understanding to submit the report within five months. However, there is not official set deadline,” added DG Gautam. The probe panel has already communicated to the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh about the crash.