Saturday, March 24, 2018 | ePaper
Pilot Abid resigned before flight to Nepal!
Staff Reporter :
Abid Sultan, pilot of US-Bangla plane that crashed in Nepal on Monday and died after 24 hours in hospital fighting for life, had earlier resigned though e-mail before his flight to Nepal, a colleague of the airlines told media yesterday.
But the resignation was not accepted by his employer.
Both Abid Sultan and his co-pilot Prithula Rashid were among 51 unfortunate passengers out of 67 and four crews who died in the plane crash, said officials.
US-Bangla Airlines Public Relations General Manager Kamrul Islam told The New Nation that they had no information about the resignation of the pilot. "A pilot can refuse operating flights if he feels discomfort."
Abid Sultan's colleagues said a high official of the US-Bangla Airlines resigned two months ago and joined an Ethiopian airline. Being very close to Abid, the official finalised the recruitment of Abid in that airlines.
A number of pilots, close to Abid, said it has not been ethically fair on the part of the airlines authorities to ask Abid to operate any flight after his resignation.
About the possible cause of the plane crash, the pilots said that a thorough investigation is needed to know the real cause of the accident.
The black box, which is not usually damaged in a plane crash, will help know the cause of the accident. The black box keeps information and records conversations between the pilot and the Air Traffic Control room.
On May 6, 2015, Abid Sultan joined the US-Bangla as a pilot. He was the head of the pilots at US-Bangla for Dash-8 Q400 Aircraft. He was also a trainer of this aircraft. Abid joined Bangladesh Air Force in 1984. After 20 years of service, he retired as a flight lieutenant.
Before joining US-Bangla, he worked in various local and foreign airlines companies.
This correspondent visited Abid Sultan's Uttara residence where he lived with his wife and a son. His wife was not willing to talk to the media.