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Emergency front-door raft of Akashabeena breaks!

Biman suspends engineer

Published : Thursday, 13 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 127

The Biman Bangladesh Airlines authorities on Wednesday claimed that the emergency front-door raft of Dreamliner Aakshbeena broke 'inadvertently' only six days into its inauguration. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated Dreamliner Akashbeena on September 5 this year. Biman's Engineering Section staff Mostafizur Rahman broke the emergency front-door raft 'inadvertently' on Tuesday while he was cleaning the aircraft after it landed in Dhaka from Malaysia, they said. The engineering staff of Biman was suspended for his negligence in duty. However, Biman's Chief of Flight Safety Captain Shoaib Chowdhury told journalists that the emergency front-door raft was not actually broken. The raft came off due high temperature while it was waiting in the boarding bridge area.

Such incidents can take place while a new aircraft is launched. The raft can come off due to high temperature. The authorities must be more careful during operation of new aircrafts, he added while talking from Dreamliner Training Center in Singapore. Though the emergency front-door raft of the aircraft was broken it is still 'risk-free' for operating its regular flights. The authorities are not facing any problem to operate regular flights on different routes, they said.
Biman's Managing Director and CEO AM Mosaddique Ahmed on Wednesday told journalists that they had already taken initiative to purchase 'broken parts' from England. Hopefully, it will come by Friday and be installed immediately. The authorities will continue its regular flight operation with the Dreamliner aircraft, he added. According to witnesses, the Dreamliner Akashbeena arrived in Dhaka from Kuala Lumpur at around 4am on Tuesday. It was handed over to the engineering division of Biman. After completion of checking and cleaning, the authorities were taking preparation for the next flight.

But, the raft came off while food was being taken in for passengers of the next flight. The authorities immediately took the raft to the engineering section for examination. After necessary repair, the flight started its journey towards Singapore. The flight was delayed by one hour. He informed that the raft is usually used for emergency exit for the passengers during emergency. A total of 52 passengers of the Dreamliner can exit through a raft during any urgent situation. Due to that, now they have to exclude 52 passengers from the flight. After installation of the raft, it will be able to carry all 271 passengers as per its capacity. He also confirmed the suspension of Biman staff Mostafiz for the incident.

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