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7 Biman staff remanded over PM’s flight glitch

DHAKA, Dec 22, 2016 (BSS) - A Dhaka court today placed seven staffers of Bangladesh Biman on seven-day remand in a case filed over technical glitches on a flight carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Snigdha Rani Chakrabarti passed the order as inspector Mahbub Alam of Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit produced them before the court and pleaded for ten days' remand for each of them," a court official said.

The accused are Chief Engineer (Production) Debesh Chowdhury, Chief Engineer (Inspection and Quality Assurance) S A Siddique, Principal Engineer (MCC) Billal Hossain, Engineer Officer Samiul Haque, Engineer Officer Lutfor Rahman, Engineer Officer Milon Chandra Biswas and Engineer Officer Zakir Hossain.

Deputy commissioner of DMP (media) Mohammad Yusuf Ali told BSS that CTTC unit had arrested the accused last night from different areas of the capital.

Meanwhile, two other staff members, Siddikur Rahman and Rokonuzzaman, who were also suspended with the seven over the same incident, of national flag-carrier surrendered before the court in the morning and pleaded for bail.

But the court dismissed their plea and sent them to jail.

Biman suspended the nine on charges of negligence in duty that caused a VVIP flight carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to make an emergency landing in Turkmenistan.

The Biman management took the decision following receipt of the final report prepared by a four-member investigation team formed by the national flag carrier. The committee submitted the report to the Biman's chief executive officer on December 12.

Apart from Biman, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) formed two separate committees to probe the incident which also submitted their reports to the ministry.

The special VVIP flight (BG1011) "Ranga Pravat" carrying the premier and 99 passengers including her entourage, four cockpit crew, 20 cabin crew and four aircraft engineers left Dhaka for the Hungarian capital at 9.14 am on November 27.

The flight was forced to make the emergency landing at Ashgabat International Airport in the Turkmenistan capital at 2.15 pm Bangladesh time by changing its route due to technical glitches in its engine. After arrival at Ashgabat, the on-duty engineers fixed the fault and the special VVIP flight departed for Budapest after over four hours of unscheduled stopover.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)