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Biman forms committee to probe Yangon crash landing

  • Published at 12:35 pm May 9th, 2019
S2-AGQ-Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 lies on the grass at Yangon Airport on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Collected

A total of 19 people were injured in the accident

A six-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the incident in which a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane skidded off a runway at Yangon International Airport.

“The probe committee will be headed by Chief of Flight Safety, Shoyeb Chowdhury. They are investigating the matter,” he said.

The S2-AGQ - Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 skidded off the runway due to bad weather, during landing around 6:22pm  on Wednesday.

A total of 19 people, including a child and the plane’s two pilots, were injured and taken to an airport clinic for treatment, according to officials of Biman and theBangladesh mission in Myanmar.

Currently, 14 people among the injured in the Yangon air crash are being treated at a local Myanmar hospital, confirmed Shakil Meraj, Biman’s general manager (public relations), to Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.

When asked about how much the national flag carrier aircraft was affected due to the accident, the Biman official said a probe committee has been formed and its report will clarify the extent of losses. 

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Shakil Meraj: “We sent a special flight to Yangon after the incident. It returned with 17 passengers around 5am.”

Replying to a query, this official also said none of the injured have yet returned. 

“The chief of flight safety went to Yangon on the special flight and returned after visiting the spot,” he added.

However, Shakil Meraj ducked a question about when the aircraft was added to the Biman fleet.

CAAB sends expert to help investigate Biman’s accident

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) on Thursday sent a letter to the Myanmar authorities regarding sending Bangladesh experts to help them in the investigation.

“We are yet to receive any formal response from Myanmar in this regard, but as per International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rules, Yangon has to include a representative from the host country of the aircraft in their investigation process,” head of Aircraft Accident Investigation Group (AAIG) of CAAB, Captain Salahuddin M Rahmatullah, told BSS.

As per Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), one accredited representative from the airlines host country will conduct the investigation jointly with the probe team of the country that witnessed the accident.

Capt Salahuddin, who had represented Bangladesh in the accident investigation body of Nepal after last year’s deadly US-Bangla aircraft  crash in Kathmandu, said they are  preparing to visit Yangon to take part in the investigation.

“I will leave for Yangon on Saturday and other experts will follow me later,” he said, adding that initially there will be four to five members in the Bangladesh team of experts led by him.

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