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Fri, May 10, 2019 5:05

7 Biman flights suspended on 4 domestic routes till Monday

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines today suspended the operation of its seven flights on four domestic routes till Monday due to a shortage of aircrafts following Wednesday’s Biman flight accident at Yangon Airport.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines today suspended the operation of its seven flights on four domestic routes till Monday due to a shortage of aircrafts following Wednesday’s Biman flight accident at Yangon Airport.

“Seven flights on Sylhet, Rajshahi, Jashore, and Saidpur routes will remain suspended due to a shortage of aircraft,” Shakil Meraj, general manager (public relations) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines told.

The Biman authorities run flight operation of seven domestic routes across the country with three planes of Bombardier Dash-8 model said sources at the national flag carrier.

As a plane out of the three was damaged due to the flight accident in Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport, the authorities are facing problem to run its operation on all the domestic routes with the rest aircraft, the sources said.

All 33 passengers and crew members on a Biman flight to Yangon was injured on Wednesday evening when the plane went off the runway while landing at Yangon airport in bad weather.

Of the injured, 19, including an infant and six women, were taken to North Okkalapa Hospital in Yangon. Four of them were released later at night.

“None of them had life-threatening injuries. One passenger had a leg and a hand broken,” Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury, Bangladesh ambassador to Myanmar told over the telephone after the incident. Pilot Shamim Nazrul was injured, he said.

Photos of the incident circulated by the local media and found on Facebook showed that the 74-seater Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 aircraft was on the grass and largely in one piece.

The fuselage was cracked and crumpled at places and the landing gears appeared to have collapsed.