Technical Glitch In PM\'S Plane
7 Biman officials placed on fresh remand
Technical Glitch In PM'S Plane
Seven officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines were placed on an eight-day fresh remand by a Dhaka Court on Friday in the case filed over 'manmade' technical glitch and emergency landing of the Prime Minister's plane at Turkmenistan on the way to Hungary.
Metropolitan Magistrate Waskuruni Khan Chowdhury passed the order. On December 22, the CMM's Court placed the seven officials on a seven-day remand each in the case.
Inspector Mahbubul Alam of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit, also the investigation Officer (IO) of the case, produced them before the court, seeking a 10-day remand again for each of them.
The IO in his forwarding said he has got important information from the Biman officials in connection with the technical glitch in the PM's flight. He sought further remand for the accused to get more information from them.
Dhaka Metropolitan Public Prosecutor Abdullah Abu strongly appealed to the court to grant 10 days' remand for the accused as prayed by the IO.
The seven Biman officials are chief engineer (production) Debesh Chowdhury, chief engineer (quality assurance) SA Siddique, principal engineer (maintenance and system control) Billal Hossain, and officials Samiul Haque, Lutfor Rahman, Milon Chandra Biswas and Zakir Hossain.
The special VVIP flight (BG1011) "Ranga Pravat" carrying the Prime Minister and 99 passengers, including her entourage, four cockpit crew, 20 cabin crew and four aircraft engineers left Dhaka for Budapest, the
capital of Hungarian, at 9:14am on November 27.
The flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Ashgabat International Airport in Turkmenistan capital at 2:15pm Bangladesh time by changing its route due to technical glitch. After arrival at Ashgabat, the on-duty engineers fixed the fault and the special VVIP flight departed for Budapest after over four hours of unscheduled stopover.
On 20 December, director (Engineering and Management) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines MM Asaduzzaman filed a case with Airport Police Station against nine officials of Biman under the Special Powers Act and penal code.
On the following day, the DMP headquarters issued an order to transfer the case to the CTTC unit from the Dhaka Airport Police Station.
After filing of the case, a team of DMP's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit arrested the seven from different areas of the city on December 21.
The rest two accused, who surrendered before the CMM's Court on December 22, were placed on a seven-day remand on Wednesday.
Bangladesh Biman suspended the nine on charges of negligence of duty that caused a VVIP flight carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to make an emergency landing in Turkmenistan.
The Biman management took the decision following receipt of the final report prepared by a four-member investigation team formed by the national flag carrier. The committee submitted the report to the Biman's Chief Executive Officer on December 12.
Apart from Biman, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) formed two separate committees to probe the incident. The committees have already submitted their reports to the Ministry.