Biman Bangladesh hijacked plane lands at Don Muang AirportApril 8th, 2008 - 1:14 pm ICT by amritpal
A hijacker forced a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Malaysia to land at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, media reports said. The hijacker was taken into custody as soon as the plane landed in Bangkok. The hijacker was apparently a Malay and was reported to be an unruly passenger named Hasan Ali who took out a small knife.
The times of Indian quoted the head of the Department of Civil Aviation, Chaisak Angkasuwan, who said that a passenger was carrying a fruit knife, which the pilot believed could pose a threat to the flight.
“A fight broke out on the plane. A man believed to have a mental problem was carrying a fruit knife. Authorities have no idea how he got it on the plane,” Chaisak said.
However, Bangkok Post reports that earlier reports said there were physical assaults between cabin crews and passengers, but the Airports of Thailand President, AM Chana U-sathaporn confirmed in a television interview that it was a hijack.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd the national flag carrier of Bangladesh has started its journey from scratch virtually with no aircraft, no ancillaries. It came into operation immediately after the war of independence. Biman now has flights to South Asia, South-East Asia and Far-East, Gulf and Middle-East region and Europian Union.
Recently, Biman Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) Saturday for the purchase of eight aircraft worth $1.26 billion from Boeing. Under the MoU, Biman will buy four Boeing-777-300 ER series and four Being 787-8 models from the American company.