Bangladesh passenger plane forced to land in 'hijack attempt'

24 Février, 2019, 16:19 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Biman BG 147 made an emergency landing at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram after a gunman allegedly tried to take over the cockpit

The Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG 147, which was on its way to Dubai from Dhaka, reportedly made an emergency landing in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

A gunman allegedly tried to take command of the cockpit, leading to the emergency landing, local media reported. The plane is now stranded at Chittagong worldwide airport.

Police said all of the passengers have been able to disembark safely. Local media reports indicate that one crew member has been shot. The plane did an emergency landing at the airport around 5.40PM Bangladesh time.

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All the passengers of the aircraft have been rescued, yet the standoff continues and the law enforcement is still blocking the aircraft, the airline's general manager, Shakil Miraj, told Reuters. Heavily armed security personnel are guarding the plane.

Officers are believed to be speaking to the suspected hijacker, while the Para-Commando Brigade of army have surrounded the plane.

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