The booters and members of the coaching staff left Dhaka for Muscat Sunday night but the Biman Bangladesh flight returned to the Bangladesh capital after hovering in the sky for nearly an hour
Bangladesh football team reached Omani capital Muscat safely Monday evening after being forced to take a second flight due to electrical problems in the air in their first flight.
The booters and members of the coaching staff left Dhaka for Muscat Sunday night but the Biman Bangladesh flight returned to the Bangladesh capital after hovering in the sky for nearly an hour.
“Our flight was at 9:45pm but it was delayed by almost two hours. The flight even hovered in the air after take-off,” Bangladesh goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana posted on his facebook page Monday.
“After a few moments of taking off, the captain of the flight made an announcement that we were going back to Dhaka because of some technical problem. Naturally, we all were scared,” he added.
The second flight though did not face any such problems as Bangladesh team landed in the Omani capital Monday evening after departing in the morning.
This incident no doubt brought back bitter memories of the Munich air disaster, which killed 23 people, including eight Manchester United footballers and three members of the coaching staff.
The British European Airways flight crashed on its third attempt to take off after United’s European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade in 1958.
The Bangladesh footballers will now look to put this incident behind them and focus on the upcoming World Cup and Asian Cup joint qualifiers match against Oman, scheduled for November 14.
Bangladesh are bottom of Group E with one point from three matches, including defeats to Afghanistan and Qatar and a valiant draw against India.