Dubai-bound Bangladesh flight makes emergency landing in Chattogram after 'hijack' attempt; all passengers evacuated

A Dubai-bound flight from Bangladesh made an emergency landing at Chattogram on Sunday after a man apparently attempted to hijack the aircraft.

FP Staff February 24, 2019 20:13:24 IST
Dubai-bound Bangladesh flight makes emergency landing in Chattogram after 'hijack' attempt; all passengers evacuated
  • A Dubai-bound flight from Bangladesh made an emergency landing after a man apparently attempted to hijack it.

  • The plane belongs to national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

  • An official said that the man's intentions were not clear, and he is suspected to be a "madman."

A Dubai-bound flight from Bangladesh made an emergency landing at Chattogram on Sunday after a man apparently attempted to hijack the aircraft, Bangladesh's civil aviation chief said.

"All 150 plus passengers are safe," Air Vice Marshall Nayeem Hasan told AFP of flight BG 147, which had taken off from the capital Dhaka, adding that the man's intentions were unclear.

Dubaibound Bangladesh flight makes emergency landing in Chattogram after hijack attempt all passengers evacuated

Representational image. Reuters

"We think he is a suspected madman. He is saying that he has a bomb, but we are not sure," Hasan said after the plane landed at Chattogram's Shah Amanat International Airport in southeastern Bangladesh, where the passengers were evacuated.

The Bangladesh Police have surrounded the flight, which has been identified as flight BG 147.

The plane belonging to national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines was supposed to to fly to Dubai from Dhaka with a stopover at Chattogram.

Biman Station Manager at Chattogram’s Shah Amanat Mahfuzul Alam said the plane was hijacked, but could not provide any additional details.

With inputs from AFP

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