Dhaka – The government on Wednesday piloted a bill in parliament seeking maximum life in prison for interfering in flight navigation in Bangladesh and deliberate obstacles of flight operations.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon tabled the bill styled The Civil Aviation Bill, 2017 to ensure flight safety and comply with the international civil aviation convention.
The bill was sent to parliamentary standing committee on Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry for further scrutiny. The committee was asked to report back in four weeks.
The bill, once passed by parliament, will scrap the Civil Aviation Ordinance of 1960 under which Bangladesh runs flight operations.
The draft law proposes stringent punishment for violation of the law and committing different types of crimes relating to flight operations, submitting false report, transporting risky goods and violating Bangladesh’s airspace.
A maximum seven-year rigorous imprisonment or a fine of Taka 5 million or the both were proposed for violating the Bangladesh airspace.
Life in imprison or a fine of Taka 50 million for creating obstacle in flight operation intentionally.
The proposed law also advocates for a five-year rigorous imprisonment or a fine of Taka 10 million or the both for violating the rules and regulations of the law and ANO and maximum five years jail and a fine of Taka 10 million for certificate, license and permit forgery.
It proposed a maximum life in jail or a fine of Taka 50 million or the both for interfering in flight navigation.
Minimum seven years of jail was proposed for taking away equipment of any flight that meets accident.
Under the law a National Recording System will remain to preserve date of Biman engine, propeller, appliance and other equipment of the registered Biman.