A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight today made emergency landing at Dhaka airport amid criticism of the national flag carrier after the incident with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s plane.
The aircraft came in from Muscat, Oman, and was scheduled to land in Chittagong, made the emergency landing in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:07am.
The flight took off from Oman around 4:48am.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines General Manager (public relations) Shakil Meraj told The Daily Star that the emergency landing was compelled by a ruptured nose wheel of the flight BG122.
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“The flight was carrying 149 passengers and seven crews – all of whom are physically unharmed. The flight was made to land in Dhaka for additional security,” the Biman official said.
Dhaka airport was closed from 10:07am to 12:30pm due to the incident, PRO Shakil said.
According to what could be gathered, one of the nose wheels of the plane exploded shortly after takeoff. The plane went to Chittagong, but flew back to Dhaka and made an emergency landing here. The other nose wheel also ruptured upon landing.
Meanwhile, two domestic flights of US Bangla Airlines and Regent Airways went back to Chittagong after takeoff from there because of the incident, our local correspondent reports quoting Wing Commander Riajul Kabir, manager of Shah Amanat International Airport in port city.
The national flag carrier is already under criticism for the glitch that compelled Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Hungary flight to make an emergency landing on November 27.
For that incident, seven Biman officials have been suspended and arrested.
Later, media also reported of another untoward incident involving the VVIP flight of President Abdul Hamid.