Alexa PM admired pilots, crew of Biman over hijack threat

Dhaka, Friday   21 February 2020


PM admired pilots, crew of Biman over hijack threat

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 09:37 PM, 28 February 2019  

Photo; Collected

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appreciated the “courage, intelligence and prudence” of a Biman aircraft pilots and crew which was exposed to a hijack threat on Feb 24.

“You’ve showed huge courage, intelligence and prudence,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the pilots and crew of the Biman aircraft at her Ganabhaban residence on Thursday evening.

The premier called them “heroes” saying that they successfully thwarted the hijack bid of the BG-147 aircraft as the pilots and crew of the flight called on her at her Ganabhaban residence this evening.

“You’ve successfully tackled the situation with infinite courage causing no casualties and damage to the aircraft,” premier’s deputy press secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan quoted her as saying at a news briefing.

The Dubai-bound Boeing 737-800 aircraft made an emergency landing at the Chattogram airport at 5:41pm on Sunday after a youth named Polash Ahmed allegedly attempted to hijack the plane.

He was killed later in an eight-minute operation by military para- commandos.

Sheikh Hasina said she monitored the situation every minute during that episode and her biggest concern was the security of the passengers, pilots and crew.

“I issued directives for safe evacuation of all passengers, pilots and crews,” she said.