Chittagong, February 24: A Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane en route to Dubai from Dhaka via Chittagong made an emergency landing following a reported hijacking attempt. According to Bangladeshi media, the flight BG 147 made an emergency landing at the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong. Reports claimed that a gunman attempted to take control of the cockpit. The man also opened fire as he tried to enter the cockpit of the plane. He took pilots at the gunpoint when the plane made an emergency landing.
Police and Rapid Action Battalion of Bangladesh surrounded the plane as it landed in Chittagong. All the passengers disembarked the plane. Meanwhile, the gunman and a crew member are still reported to be inside. According to reports, Bangladeshi MP Mayeen Uddin Khan Badal was also inside the flight. Hijack Threat On Air India Delhi-Jodhpur Flight; Four Passengers Detained At Jodhpur Airport For Breaching Security.
Tweet of Bangladesh's Aviation department:
🔴 We are following reports of a possible hijack attempt of flight Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight #BG147 (DAC-CGP-DXB), a Boeing 737-800. The aircraft was evacuated after landing at Chittagong, Bangladesh.
— Aviation Safety Net (@AviationSafety) February 24, 2019
Video of the security personnel surrounding the plane at Chittagong Airport:
A passenger armed with a gun has tried to storm the cockpit in a failed bid to hijack Biman flight #BG147 flying from Dhaka in Bangladesh to Dubai via Chittagong. The gunman and two crew members are reportedly still on the aircraft. https://t.co/SjLquoHIOK pic.twitter.com/kYnZlZvk34
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) February 24, 2019
Meanwhile, on Saturday, all airports across India were put on a high alert after Air India's Mumbai control centre received a phone call threatening to hijack its plane. Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) ordered all airlines and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to follow specific enhanced measures to ensure security to avoid any untoward incident.