Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard near a Dubai-bound Bangladesh Biman plane on the tarmac of the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong on February 24, 2019, after a man attempted to hijack the aircraft.

A man who attempted to hijack a passenger plane carrying 156 passengers and crew using a toy gun has been shot dead by Bangladeshi commandos.Biman Bangladesh Airlines Flight BG 147 had been traveling to Dubai from Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, with a scheduled stopover in the city of Chittagong, Sunday evening.During the initial 25-minute flight, when the plane was at an altitude of 15,000 feet (4,572 meters), the unnamed suspect took at least two members of the crew hostage using a toy gun and demanded to speak with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“He tried to create a panic among the cabin crew and claimed that he wanted to enter the cockpit. It was a general attempt for a hijacker to enter the cockpit to take control,” Tanbir Ahmed, spokesperson for Bangladeshi Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism told CNN.Security forces stormed the Boeing 737 after it landed at the Shah Amanat International Airport in the southeastern city of Chittagong at the scheduled time of around 6:30 p.m. local time.Onboard, the suspect, who has been identified as a Bangladeshi male between the ages of 24 to 27 years old, refused to surrender and was shot. Ahmed said the suspect sustained fatal injuries and died on way to the hospital.

The operation to stop the hijacker and rescue the crew members who were taken hostage took eight minutes, authorities said.All 143 passengers were evacuated before commandos took out the hijacker and no injuries were reported. “The situation is under control,” Ahmed said.

In addition to the 143 passengers, there were 11 crew members, a pilot and copilot.Ahmed said the name on the suspect’s flight ticket was Mazikul Islam, but police believe he has several identities and are trying to confirm his real name.He boarded the flight at Dhaka on a domestic ticket to Chittagong. Police said the fact that he was carrying a toy gun meant he could pass through security unnoticed.Police say the incident may have been an “emotional matter” and do not suspect terrorism at this time.

An investigation is ongoing.



Our Editor Konstantin was born in Moscow’s Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. Recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army . Starting up as Soviet blogger ‘Maaxmann’, later becoming a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the ‘High Life’. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung…later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: