Wednesday, 17 August, 2022
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Aircraft Collision Again at HSIA

Utter negligence of authorities!

Probe body formed

Utter negligence of authorities!

Two aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines have collided again at the hangar of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the capital, manifesting utter negligence by the authorities concerned.

The right wing of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner hit the left wing of a Boeing 737 when workers were taking the first one to the hangar for routine maintenance at 9:20pm on Sunday after its arrival from Singapore.

With this, four such accidents took place at the Dhaka airport in less than three months.

Biman spokesperson Tahera Khandaker said engineers were assessing the damage caused due to the collision.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has formed a three-member probe committee, led by Chief of Flight Safety Captain Enamul Haque Talukder, to look into the incident. The probe panel has been asked to submit its report within three working days.

The probe body has been directed to determine the cause of the accident and the extent of financial loss by identifying the officials or employees responsible.

The committee has also been asked to put forward specific recommendations to avert the recurrence of such incidents in the future.

A letter signed by Zahid Hossain, Biman director (Administration and Human Resources), was issued on Monday in this regard.

But civil aviation experts have raised eyebrows for not publishing the reports on such incidents, submitted by previous probe bodies.

It is to be mentioned that two planes of the national flag carrier were grounded for several days after a similar collision in the HSIA hangar on April 10.

Biman suspended five officials, including its principal engineer, over the incident.

On June 4, a runway baggage cart of US-Bangla Airlines hit a Boeing 737 of Biman, damaging the aircraft.

Workers started pushing back a Biman Dreamliner without detaching the door from the boarding bridge after the passengers got off the plane on June 16. The incident did not cause any damage to the aircraft but Biman opened an investigation.

Currently, there are 21 aircraft in Biman’s fleet. Of these, four are Boeing 787 Dreamliners, three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, four Boeing 777-300ERs, six Boeing 737-800s and five Dash-8s.