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    Pilot's Depression Caused US-Bangla Airlines Crash in Kathmandu - Probe Panel

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    Nepal’s Accident Investigation Commission pointed out that the captain in question had a history of depression. He was discharged from the Bangladeshi Air Force in 1993 as he was deemed mentally unfit to fly a plane. He was later allowed to fly civilian aircraft after recovering from depression.

    The pilot of the Bangladeshi airplane that crashed in Nepal last March had an emotional breakdown and resorted to smoking on board, resulting in deadly accident, the Nepali probe panel has deduced.

    The US-Bangla Airlines flight from Dhaka caught fire on landing in Kathmandu, killing 51 of the 71 people on board, in Nepal's worse aviation disaster in recent times.

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    "The pilot thought he could manoeuvre the aircraft and land. But he could not," Buddhisagar Lamichhane, a member of the probe panel, told Reuters on Monday.

    ​The 52-year old captain was "emotionally disturbed" because he felt that a female colleague who was not on board the fatal flight had questioned his reputation as a good instructor, the report by Nepal's Accident Investigation Commission reads.

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    "This, together with the failure on the part of both the crew to follow the standard operating procedure at the critical stage of the flight, contributed to the loss of situational awareness," the report adds.

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