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Bangladesh: Airline carrier suspends officials over emergency landing of PM Hasina?s aircraft

The aircraft had to make an emergency landing en route Hungary due to low lubricant oil pressure at Ashgabat airport, Turkmenistan when PM Hasina was on her way to attend the United Nations water summit in Budapest. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)

New Delhi, India Dec 14, 2016, 03.15 PM (IST)

Bangladesh’s national airline carrier has suspended three officials in connection with the emergency landing of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s aircraft at Turkmenistan on November 23. 

The three engineers of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines – Debesh Chowdhury, acting chief engineer of production, Belal Hussain, acting chief engineer of quality assurance and ABM Siddique, acting principal engineer of maintenance control centre – were suspended on Wednesday.

This suspension comes in the wake of the airlines’ investigation revealing negligence on the part of these three officials in inspecting the aircraft. The aircraft had to make an emergency landing en route Hungary due to low lubricant oil pressure at Ashgabat airport in Turkmenistan when Hasina was on her way to attend the United Nations water summit in Budapest.

The national airline carrier had formed a four-member investigation team, led by Fazal Mahmud Chowdhury, chief of technical captain, to carry out a thorough investigation into the emergency landing. Earlier, the airline carrier had suspended six officials for negligence. 

Later, a report compiled by this investigation team was handed over to Bangladesh’s Aviation Ministry.

Besides the Prime Minister, the aircraft was carrying as many as 99 passengers including the cockpit and cabin crew, and four aircraft engineers.

(WION)

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