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PM meets with crew of hijacked flight

  • Published at 09:57 pm February 28th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets the crew of a Biman aircraft that experienced a hijacking threat, her residence on Thursday; February 28, 2019 Focus Bangla

The premier called them 'heroes' saying that they successfully thwarted the hijacking attempt of the BG-147 aircraft

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday met with the crew of a Biman aircraft that experienced a hijacking threat on February 24.

The prime minister said: “You displayed great bravery, intelligence and prudence while engaging the hijacker.”

The premier called them “heroes” saying that they successfully thwarted the hijacking attempt of the BG-147 aircraft as the pilots and crew of the flight visited her residence Thursday evening.

“You successfully tackled the situation with valour while minimizing casualties and damage to the aircraft,” the premier’s Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan quoted her as saying at a news briefing.

The Dubai-bound Boeing 737-800 aircraft made an emergency landing at Chittagong airport at 5:41pm on Sunday after a youth named Palash Ahmed allegedly attempted to hijack the plane.

He was killed later in an eight-minute operation by military para-commandos.

Sheikh Hasina said she monitored the situation every minute during that episode and her biggest concern was the security of the passengers, pilots, and crew.

She said: “I issued directives for the safe evacuation of all passengers, pilots and crews.”