Biman form probe committee

    Special Correspondent
    The national flag carrier formed a committee on Thursday to investigate the crash landing of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight at Myanmar’s Yangon Airport.
    The six-member committee is headed by chief of flight safety Captain Shoeb Chwodhury, said Biman General Manager (Public Relations) Shakil Meraj.
    Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry formed a separate investigation committee to look into the incident. Details about the body were not immediately available.
    A Biman flight from Dhaka skidded off the runway while landing at Yangon Airport on Wednesday evening due to inclement weather, injuring a number of people on board.
    Fourteen of the injured have been hospitalised in Myanmar, Meraj said. Four have been released.
    “Biman will ensure the highest treatment of the injured,” he said.
    All 33 passengers and crew members on a Biman flight to Yangon were injured when the plane skidded off the runway while landing at Yangon airport on Wednesday evening.
    The accident occurred when the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft from Dhaka attempted to land amidst bad weather on Wednesday evening, officials said.
    Of the injured, 19, including an infant and six women, were taken to North Okkalapa Hospital in Yangon. Four of them were released later at night.
    The injuries were not life-threatening, the ambassador said and added the others on board the flight were also injured but released after first aid at the airport. The injured included pilot Shamim Nazrul and First Officer ‘Kabirul’, officials said.  Biman spokesman Shakil Meraj said the national flag carrier sent a special flight on Wednesday  to bring back passengers and crew from Yangon, “ The special flight BG 1060 departed at 11:25 pm to Yangon,” he added. The Myanmar Department of Civil Aviation said in an announcement on its Facebook page that the airport reopened at 9:01pm local time but a part of the runway next to the accident site was still nonoperational. It advised travelers to contact their airlines for flight updates.
    The aircraft fuselage broke in three and the undercarriage collapsed, according to Aviation Safety Network, which covers air accident and safety issues. Weather at Yangon was poor due to the presence of a thunderstorm in the area, it said in an entry on the accident on its website. There was no fire and all on board are said to have survived, it added.
    The 33 people on board flight BG060 included 29 passengers, including a child, two pilots, and two cabin crew, according to Shakil, a general manager at Biman. The plane left Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 3:45pm and was landing at 6:22pm Bangladesh time, he said.
    Mir Aktaruzzaman, a Biman official in Myanmar, said weather was very rough amidst thunderstorm during the landing of the aircraft. All people on board the plane were more or less injured, he added.
    Photos published by different Myanmar media and posted on social media showed rescue personnel working while the wrecked plane was on a grassy field next to a runway. The photos also showed uniformed men with bloody injuries getting off an ambulance with others’ help.
    AFP reported that the airport announced suspension of runway operations until further notice due to heavy rain. Other incoming flights were diverted to the capital Naypyidaw.
    epresentatives from Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch (AIIB) went to the crash site last night.
    In a similar incident, a Boeing 737 skidded off the runway and went into the Florida river on Friday after landing at a military base in Jacksonville during a thunderstorm. The 136 passengers and seven crew members on board evacuated the plane. No fatalities were reported.
    On March 12 last year, a US-Bangla Bombardier Dash-8 Q400, the same make and model involved in Bimn’s incident, crashed on a football pitch near the runway of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, killing 51 of the 71 people on board.
    Photo Caption: A plane of Biman Bangladesh Airlines has skidded off the runway at Yangon International Airport in Myanmar on Wednesday night. -Plane Spotters Bangladesh.


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