PM hails pilot, crewmembers for tackling aircraft hijacking bid

1 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

PM hails pilot, crewmembers for tackling aircraft hijacking bid

Pilot, cabin crew and officials of BG-147 flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, who fell victim to hijacking recently, meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in the capital on Thursday. -PID PHOTO

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday highly lauded the pilot, Captain Golam Shafi, and other crewmembers for successfully tackling the bid to hijack a Biman aircraft with their “extraordinary courage and wisdom”, reports UNB.

The Prime Minister’s appreciation came when the pilot, first officer Muntasir Mahbub and five cabin crewmembers met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.

Prime Minister’s Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan briefed reporters after the meeting.

Describing the crew as ‘heroes’, Sheikh Hasina said this is a rare instance in the world that such incident ended without any loss of life and property. “It’s your huge success that no life was lost and the aircraft was also not damaged,” Ashraful Alam quoted her as saying.

She said no incident of plane hijacking across the world could be tackled so successfully like this. “In many of such cases, people were killed and property damaged, and it took a long time to resolve the crisis.”

“You’ve showed strong courage, intelligence and wisdom. Your intelligence, instant plan and courage are extraordinary. In such terrible moments, many people can’t stay cool,” the Prime Minister said pointing at the pilot and the crewmembers.

Hasina constantly enquired of the incident, Khokan said. She said she directed for taking all the passengers, pilot and crewmembers out of the aircraft safely as she was always worried about the loss of life rather than damage to the property.

The pilot narrated the entire incident to the Prime Minister. The crewmembers thanked the Prime Minister for appreciating them.

The five cabin crewmembers are Shafika Nasim, Hosne Ara, Sharifa Begum, Shaheduzzaman and Abdus Sakur Mojahid.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali, Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mohibul Haque and Managing Director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines AM Mosaddique Ahmed were, among others, present.

On Sunday last, a miscreant named Palash Ahmed with a toy gun attempted to hijack the Biman aircraft that was going to Dubai from Dhaka via Chattogram with 148 passengers on board.

However, joint forces foiled his bid and he was eventually killed in a commando operation.