Air force plane meets accident
All flight operations at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport remained suspended for over half an hour yesterday after the nose-gear of an air force trainer aircraft collapsed during landing in the airport.
The pilot and co-pilot, who were on a training mission to the FT-7 aircraft, were not hurt in the incident, Nurul Islam, assistant director of the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR), said.
The aircraft, also operated as a fighter jet, skidded due to collapse of its nose-gear moments after it landed at 4:17pm, airport sources said. The accident forced the authorities to suspend other flights' operations at the airport in the capital.
Around 40 minutes later, the aircraft was removed from the lone runway and regular operations resumed at the airport.
By the time, the landing and departure schedules of at least five domestic and international flights were delayed.
Meanwhile, one of the two newly acquired turboprop aircrafts, which could not fly due to a technical glitch on Monday, was put into operation yesterday.
The aircraft Dash 8-Q 400 had developed a technical fault prior to its inaugural flight.
Sources at Biman Bangladesh Airlines said necessary parts were purchased from Bangkok to repair the aircraft. It was put into operation around 3:00pm.