A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight headed to Dubai was forced to make an emergency landing in the coastal Bangladeshi city of Chittagong after it was hijacked by a 25-year-old male passenger 15 minutes after takeoff.
A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight headed to Dubai was hijacked by a 25-year-old male passenger 15 minutes after takeoff, was forced to make an emergency landing in the coastal Bangladeshi city of Chittagong.
The hijacker, identified only as “Mahadi,” is said to have taken control of the cockpit shortly after takeoff, having opened fire and threatened to kill passengers and crew.
The assailant, holding the flight’s pilot at gunpoint, succeeded in forcing the plane to land in Chittagong.
He demanded to speak to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who had been visiting the city earlier in the day for the ribbon cutting of a development project.
By the time the Boeing 737-800 landed in the coastal city, the Prime Minister had returned to the capital city of Dhaka.
Despite initial tense moments, all 148 passengers and crew were evacuated safely.
Shortly thereafter, the negotiations with the hijacker stalled, and an 8-minute raid was carried out, culminating in a brief exchange of gunfire that initially wounded and ultimately killed the attacker.
Investigations into how the man managed to get through multiple security checkpoints with a pistol are currently ongoing.