Attempt to hijack airplane in Bangladesh: Hijacker shot dead

Source : 112 Ukraine

142 passengers were on board; they all safely got off the plane
18:47, 24 February 2019

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Boeing 737 with 142 passengers on board has made an emergency landing in Bangladesh due to an attempt to hijack an airplane. This is reported by Reuters.

The Boeing landed at Chittagong airport after the suspicious passenger reportedly wanted to hijack the plane.

"There were 142 passengers, and they all safely got off the plane," the statement said.

The purported hijacker, who told the pilot he had a personal issue with his wife and wanted to speak to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, died when the commandos stormed the plane at Chittagong’s Shah Amanat International Airport, officials said.

“We tried to arrest him or get him to surrender but he refused and then we shot him,” said Major General of the Bangladesh Army.

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Air Vice Marshal Nayeem Hasan, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, said the man appeared to have a pistol and had explosives around his body. It was not immediately clear if the pistol or the explosives were real.

 The details of the incident are being clarified.

The Boeing 737 aircraft was scheduled to go from Dhaka to Dubai via Chittagong. The purported hijacking happened after it had taken off from Dhaka.

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