Bodies of 23 US-Bangla plane crash victims on way to Dhaka from Nepal

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Dhaka, Mar 19: A Bangladesh Air Force plane, carrying the bodies of 23 Bangladeshi plane crash victism, has left from Kathmandu. A funeral service will be held at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in Dhaka after the bodies arrive.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director Alamgir Kabir said that the aircraft is expected to land at the Shahjalal International Airport around 3pm.

Ruling Awami League General Secretary and Road Tranpsort Minister Obaidul Quader will officially receive the bodies from the airport, said the ministry’s Senior Information Officer Abu Naser.

The bodies will be then taken to the army stadium, where a funeral prayer is scheduled to be held at 4pm.

The relatives have been asked to be there who will receive the mortal remains.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also expected to attend the event, according to ISPR Director Kabir.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal arranged a funeral service for the victims earlier the day.

The funeral was held after the coffins were brought to the embassy premises in Kathmandu around 8:30am.

Bangladeshis living in Nepal, staffers of the embassy and officials of the US-Bangla Airlines took part in the prayers.

An aircraft of the US-Bangla Airlines, with 71 people on board, crashed while trying to land at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on Mar 12. The aviation tragedy took 49 lives including those of 26 Bangladeshis.