Bangladesh Biman Avoided Hijack Attempt

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BIMAN Bangladesh Airlines flight BG–147 this afternoon evaded what it primarily appeared a hijack attempt of a Dubai–bound aircraft through its emergency landing at Chattogram Airport while the passengers and pilots came out of the aircraft.

■ The Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane which was allegedly hijacked was put under cordon on the tarmac on February 24, 2019. Photo | Daily Star

Witnesses said 15 minutes after the Boeing 777–800 ER flew from Chattogram Shah Amanat International Airport it returned and made an emergency landing and opened the emergency exit through which the passengers disembarked immediately.

The captain and the first officer of the flight also came out.

Elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) laid a siege around the aircraft along with armed police and fire–fighters while Para–Commando Brigade of army surround the hijack plane.

After a brief operation the suspected hijacker neutralised by the army commandos.

Maj Gen Motiur Rahman, general commanding officer of Chattogram, confirmed the action at Shah Amanat International airport.

 

After a brief operation the suspected hijacker neutralised by the army commandos. Maj Gen Motiur Rahman, general commanding officer of Chattogram, confirmed the action at Shah Amanat International airport — we didn’t have the chance to negotiate. Our commandos had to act quickly. He was initially injured and later died

 

“We didn’t have the chance to negotiate. Our commandos had to act quickly. He was initially injured and later died,” Maj Gen Rahman said in the briefing.

“The attacker, about 25 years of age, took an attacking position. There was no other way out,” the commanding officer said, “Bangladesh Navy tried to negotiate with him in early stage.”

According to Bangladesh Army the suspect has been identified as Mahadi, had a pistol with him and he wanted to talk to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

No one else was injured during operation. The plane put under cordon ■

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