Pilots urged to ensure safe flying to reduce air crash

Dhaka Stating different mega projects taken to spread

out the booming aviation sector, State Minister for Civil Aviation and

Tourism M Mahbub Ali here today urged pilots to identify different challenges

for improving flight safety standards in order to curb airplane accidents.

I have called upon all the aviation stakeholders to ensure safe flying in

order to reduce airplane accidents, he said while inaugurating the Asia-

Pacific Regional Meeting of IFALPA at a city hotel.

Pilots from 19 countries � Bangladesh, Australia, Canada, China, Fiji,

Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand,

Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the USA � are

taking part in the four-day meeting.

Highly lauding efficiency of Bangladeshi pilots, the state minister said

whenever he flies in any local airlines especially Biman Bangladesh Airlines,

he feels comfortable and relaxed because he knows he is in good hands of

Bangladeshi pilots.

Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always says, Biman pilots are one of the

best pilots of the world, the state minister added.

Ali described various recent initiatives taken by the government to ensure

financial sustainability in the aviation sector as well as support Air Cargo


The minister, in his speech, mentioned undergoing mega projects, including

construction of the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport,

construction of new terminal buildings as well as expansion of runways at

Chattogram, Sylhet, Cox's Bazar and Jashore airports.

Besides, he said a project is being implemented to ensure the security of

all international airports in Bangladesh in line with the recommendation of

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Infrastructural development will support our booming (aviation) industry

and convert our visions as well as dreams to success stories the

government is committed to achieve the target, he added.

Biman's Board Chairman Air Marshal (retd) Enamul Bari, Civil Aviation

Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshall Mohammed Mofidur

Rahman, IFALPA President Captain Jack Netskar, Executive Vice President

Captain Ishtiaque Hossain and Bangladesh airlines pilots association (BAPA)

President Captain Mahbubur Rahman also spoke at the inaugural session.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)