Probes attribute “human factor” to PM’s plane glitch: Menon

DHAKA, Dec 18, 2016 (BSS) � Three separate committees launched to investigate into the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's aircraft glitch came out with a common finding, attributing the debacle to human factor, civil aviation minister Rashed Khan Menon said today.

The common finding . . . of the probe bodies is that glitch was caused by the human factor, but they (committees) are not sure whether it was sabotage, Menon told a press briefing this afternoon at his ministry office.

He added: Now we have to determine that if it was sabotage or unprofessional jobs (professional lapses) by exposing the people concerned to legal procedure.

If, he said, minimum evidence of sabotage was found in the procedure highest punitive action would be taken as per law.

Biman, civil aviation authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) and civil aviation ministry separately constituted the investigation committees to investigate in to the technical glitch in the aircraft carrying the premier and her entourage members.

The special Biman flight flying with the VVIP passenger was forced to make emergency landing in Turkmenistan on November 27.

According to the minister, all the three committees came out with an identical finding that the aircraft's oil pressure decreased as its 'B nut' got loosened, exposing the craft and its passengers to a dangerous situation.

But, we are lucky that Prime Minister and daughter of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Hasina was unhurt, he said.

The ministry constituted five-member committee, headed by its additional secretary Swapan Kumar Sarkar, was the last to submit its report to the minister while in a near simultaneous move the CAAB also mailed its finding and recommendations.

Biman submitted their report earlier on December 12 while the state-run airlines so far suspended nine of its engineers or technical staff related to the aircraft.

The Budapest-bound VVIP flight BG1011 carrying the premier made emergency landing at Ashgabat International Airport in Turkmenistan on November 27 due to technical glitch.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)