PLANE CRASH IN NEPAL

To deaths, they flew

Ahmed Shatil Alam | Published: 00:50, Mar 14,2018 | Updated: 00:54, Mar 14,2018

 
 

Nepali students of University of Dhaka light candles in memory of the victims of the US-Bangla aircraft crash in Nepal, in Dhaka. — Reuters photo

They all had set out for their destinations of dream but the ill-fated aircraft transported them to the land from where nobody returns as it crashed in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon.
While couples were on their honeymoon trip, many others had on their mind marriage anniversary celebrations or ambitious business plans or just spending a vacation.
The child that had wanted to have a glimpse of the Mount Everest with his busy parents will be no more to share his experience with fellows.
Two youths — a journalist and medical student — boarded the plane to visit the Himalayan mountain range country of scenic beauty while two senior Bangladesh government officials were going to join a training programme there.
But everything went the other way round, with the US Bangla BS 211 flight, 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, crashing into a field near the runway of Tribhuvan International Airport 2:33pm Nepalese time after it took off at 12:50pm from Dhaka.
Meenhaz Bin Nasir and his wife Akhi Moni, after their marriage a week ago, were on their honeymoon trip that was not to be as the disaster killed Akhi, with her hands still painted with henna, and Meenhaz.
They tied the knot in a family programme in Dhaka after having an affair of four years, said Akhi’s cousin Jahid Hossain Pinkel.
Pinkel told New Age that Akhi always had a dream to visit Nepal that attracts couples as a honeymoon location every year.
Their families are now struggling to cope with the death of Akhi, who loved to take photos and post them on Facebook for her 2.5 thousand followers.
The crash left 21 people alive but badly injured. Among them is another couple who had been married for five years. The wife, Tahira Tanvin Shashi Reza, died on Monday while husband Md Rezwanul Haque was alive and looking for his wife, said a friend of Tahira.
Tahira was a student of Master’s programme in the department of criminology at Dhaka University and Rezwanul is a doctor, registrar of Rangpur Medical College and Hospital.
His father Mozammel Haque of Manikganj, a former health directorate official who along with his family had been in a shaky situation after getting the news, said Rezwanul joined the health services through the 33rd BCS, reported New Age correspondent.
‘They were very excited and had planned to go to Nepal to celebrate their sixth marriage anniversary in March 17,’ said the friend studying with Tahira and completed undergraduate course at BRAC University.
Human rights activist Md Rafiquz Zaman, his wife Sanzida Huque Bipasha and their child Aniruddha Zaman were travelling to Nepal for their long-waited family tour, which ended before their landings in Nepal.
Rafiq’s close friend and weekly magazine Shaptahik editor Golam Mortoza said both the parents were planning for the trip to spend quality time with their child.
A saddened Mortoza said Rafiq was a student leader at Dhaka University in the early 90s and always a good hearted person.
‘Friends used to call him “Boss” and visit his house on almost all occasions,’ he said.
The death of captain Abid Sultan on Tuesday, who was in hospital after the deadly plane crash that so far claimed 50 lives, traumatised his wife, child and other family members.
‘...we have no words to express the irrecoverable loss...just pray for Abid,’ said his wife Afsana Khanom before breaking into tears at their house in the capital’s Uttara.
Abid’s childhood friend Mohim Hassan said Abid started his flying career more than 10 years ago following his pilot father’s footsteps after serving Bangladesh Air Force for more than a decade.
The horrific plane crash also took away two promising youths —Boishakhi Television journalist Foysal Ahmed and a final year medical student Pias Roy.
Foysal’s uncle and former Bangladesh Chhatra League president Bahadur Bepari said he took five days off from his office to visit Nepal.
‘The news of the crash made both of his parents bed-ridden,’ he said.
New Age correspondent in Barisal reported that deceased Pias Roy, son of a teacher couple, finished final year exam of MBBS course on March 5 from Sheikh Sayera Khatun Medical College in Gopalganj. His teacher father said he was going to join his friends and visit Nepal.
Planning Commission member Shamsul Alam said two officers — Umme Salma and Nazia Afrin Chowdhury — had been going to Nepal to attend a regional symposium on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in South Asia at the invitation of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
‘The host of the event initially invited me to join the event. But I could not go for personal reasons, so I sent two officers from our ministry,’ said Alam.
‘I spoke to our officers just before the plane took off. They thanked me for choosing them, but now I don’t know how I can console their families’, he lamented.
The fatal plane crash also claimed SM Mahmudur Rahman, Md Matiur Rahman and Nuruzzaman Bablu, three employees of Runner Auto, who were on official purpose, said a press release sent by the company. 

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