Suspected hijacker held after ‘shots fired’ in Biman flight
Published: 08:22 PM, 24 February 2019
The suspect who raised an alarm at Chattogram airport this evening was apprehended after reports of gunshots fired inside a Biman flight.
The national flag carrier bound for Dubai made an emergency landing and the passengers safely evacuated. The plane was put under cordon on the tarmac.
Police and other law enforcers have been refusing to confirm or deny if it was a case of hijacking and have been terming it an “untoward incident”.
However, two passengers on board said that shots were fired. However, there has been no confirmation of any injury or casualty.
Civil Aviation Secretary Mohibul Haque said a cabin crew member raised alarm finding the behavior of a passenger suspicious.
“The pilot made an emergency landing. All the passengers were evacuated. The suspect has been apprehended and taken into custody,” he said.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry’s Additional Secretary (Biman and CA) Mokabbir Hossain could not confirm whether the suspect was armed.
Chowdhury M Ziaul Kabir, director of flight safety of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh told that the suspect could be “mentally imbalanced”.
According to him, it was a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, scheduled to fly to Dubai from Dhaka via Chattogram with 148 passengers on board.