Dhaka – Investigators have arrested seven officials of Bangladesh’s national airlines over technical glitches that forced a flight carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina make an emergency landing in Turkmenistan last month, police said on Thursday.
The members of counter terrorism and transnational crime unit picked up them from different areas in the city on Wednesday night, a day after the airlines lodged a case against nine engineers and technicians, police spokesman Masudur Rahman said.
The counterterrorism unit of police was assigned for investigation whether the man-made glitches at the Prime Minister’s flight were meant for an act of sabotage, added the spokesman.
Earlier, an internal investigation has apparently failed to sum up whether the glitches were meant for an “act of sabotage or not” or it was simply a negligence of duty.
A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines made the emergency landing at Ashkhabad of Turkmenistan with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her entourage on board as she was on way to Budapest on November 27.
The engineers found nuts of the one of the engines of the Boeing 777 were loose that caused dropping of fuel. The flight, however, flew to Budapest from Ashkhabad more than four hours behind the schedule as the engineers need to repair the aircraft.
On December 18, Rashed Khan Menon, minister for civil aviation and tourism, at a press conference made public the findings by three probe committee saying that the authorities needs more investigation to know how and why the technical problems occurred at the special flight.
Biman authorities said it has already suspended nine officials of engineering and technical department due to their negligence to duty.