'Emotionally disturbed' pilot caused Nepal plane crash

An investigation into a deadly plane crash at Nepal's international airport has blamed the captain for suffering an emotional breakdown during the flight.

According to investigators, the captain of a Bangladeshi aeroplane "seemed to have an emotional breakdown" after a female co-worker had "questioned his reputation as a good instructor".

"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 added.

The US-Bangla Airlines flight to the Nepali capital from Dhaka caught fire on landing on March 12, killing 51 of the 71 people on board. 

The airline is expected to make an official statement later Monday.

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