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Six engineers of Biman suspended

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has suspended its six officials who were involved with the inspection of the VVIP flight BG 1011 carrying the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the Hungarian capital.

The decision was taken by the management of the national flag carrier against the officials who were from the engineering department as per the report of the investigation team.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon revealed it at a press conference at his secretariat office this afternoon.

Earlier on November 28, Biman formed a four-member probe committee led by its Chief of Technical Captain Fazal Mahmud Chowdhury. The Committee has been asked to submit its report within December 1 to the Biman Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Based on the preliminary investigation report, six employees of Biman's directorate of engineering were found guilty. They were S M Rokonuzzaman, Samiul Haque, Lutfor Rahman, Milon Chandra Biswas, Zakir Hossain and Siddiqur Rahman.

The special VVIP flight (BG 1011) "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.

But due to technical fault it landed at Ashkhabad, the Turkmenistan capital, at 2.15 pm Bangladesh time by changing its route. After arrival at Ashkhabad, the on-duty engineers repaired the fault.

Later, the Biman's special VVIP flight carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina started for Budapest at 6.37 pm after over four hours of unscheduled stopover at Ashkhabad in Turkmenistan.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to Budapest on a four-day bilateral visit in conjunction with Budapest Water Summit 2016 at the invitation of Hungarian President Dr Janos Ader.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)