Skip to comments.Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed
Posted on 02/24/2019 2:41:39 PM PST by yesthatjallen
A flight bound for Dubai from Bangladeshs capital, Dhaka, made an emergency landing Sunday in Chittagong, Bangladesh, after a man attempted to hijack the plane, officials said.
The Bangladeshi suspect asked to speak to the countrys prime minister before dying from injuries in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos, officials said.
The flight, operated by state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines, took off from Dhaka at 4:35 p.m. for the trip to Dubai via Chittagong.
The pilot made the emergency landing in Chittagong about 40 minutes later, after a crew member reported suspicious behavior by the man, said Rezaul Karim, an official with the Bangladeshi militarys inter-service public affairs office.
All 143 passengers and seven crew members aboard the Boeing 737-800 were safely evacuated, Air Vice Marshal Mofidur Rahman said at a news conference broadcast live on Somoy TV.
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A great news story of the bad guy dying with no one else being harmed.
Wearing a MAGA hat I bet!!
Oh dear, I hope they read the “suspects” their rights before they used any sort of force against them.
And look! The AP has forgotten how to spell “allegedly” again. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it’s not. I wonder how they decide (as if I need to).
I was in Sang Bang... Dang Gong... I was all over the place, a lot of places.
“I was Agent Orange, Special Agent Orange. That was me.”
from further on in the article:
“Before the suspect was pronounced dead, Rahman, had described him as a terrorist and said that he had been arrested and was being questioned”
I love a Happy Ending! :)
Gunfire? Seems obvious that this hijacking was foiled by Karate Man.
Most flights from Bangladesh to Dubai are full of semi-illiterate jibroni laborers headed for a contract job where they’ll be warehoused and held a virtual slave until their employer is satisfied they’ve met the terms of the contract to their satisfaction.
Most only have a passing acquaintance with items such as shoes and indoor plumbing. I’m surprised more don’t freak out during their first flight in an airplane.
Hope they got the right guy.
Bravo to the commandos, from here seems like a perfect outcome. Learn and train, learn and train...
Suspected Bangladesh plane hijacker shot dead
CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH (AFP) Bangladesh commandos stormed a passenger jet in the countrys south-east on Sunday (Feb 24) and shot dead an armed man who allegedly tried to hijack the Dubai-bound flight, an army official said.
The suspect, described by officials as a Bangladeshi man in his mid-20s, was shot as special forces rushed the plane after it landed safely in Chittagong.
The 134 passengers and 14 crew aboard Bangladesh Biman flight BG147 were all rescued unharmed, officials said.
But the suspected hijacker identified by the name Mahadi and described as being 25 or 26 years old was injured and died shortly after being arrested, said army spokesman Motiur Rahman.
Our commando team asked the hijacker to surrender, but he rejected it by being aggressive, and was shot, Major-General Rahman told reporters. Later on, we learnt he had died... We found a pistol from him and nothing else.
The airplane was sealed off by the army, navy and elite police after landing to collect more passengers from Dhaka on its journey to Dubai.
Just 10 minutes after the plane took off (from Dhaka), he fired twice, one passenger told reporters in Chittagong.
Air Vice-Marshall Mofid, who goes by one name, said he kept the accused man busy talking on the phone while special forces units prepared for the dramatic raid.
He demanded to speak to our Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina), Mr Mofid said. He claimed he had a pistol, but we are not sure yet whether it is an actual gun or a fake.
The operation took less than 10 minutes and the plane has been searched and declared worthy to fly again, Mr Rahman said.
The countrys civil aviation chief, Mr Nayeem Hasan, earlier said the suspect had claimed to have a bomb aboard the flight.
From the talks and dialogue we have with him, it seems he is psychologically deranged, he said after the man was arrested.
Another army spokesman, Mr Abdullah Ibne Zaid, said Chittagongs Shah Amanat International Airport was very much under control of the Bangladesh army.
The armys special forces conducted the operation and the armed man has been neutralised, he said.
Mr Rahman said an investigation would be conducted into how the man passed airport security details with a gun.
It will take some time, he said.
Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation of 165 million, has struggled to grapple with homegrown extremism in recent years, including the murder of atheist bloggers and progressive activists by Islamist outfits.
In a deadly attack claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in 2016, militants killed 22 people including 18 foreigners at an upmarket cafe in Dhaka popular with Westerners.
I’m surprised he survived the flight itself.
I vowed after 9/11 to NEVER let a hijacker take over a flight that I’m on without trying my very best to either kill him or die trying.
suspicious behavior by the man, said Rezaul Karim, an official with the Bangladeshi militarys inter-service public affairs office.
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