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Flight carrying Hasina flew to Budapest after emergency landing
November 27th, 2016 at 11:36 pm
Flight carrying Hasina flew to Budapest after emergency landing

Dhaka – The flight carrying Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina flew again towards Budapest after it made an emergency landing in Ashkhabad following technical glitch, officials said Sunday.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines made an unscheduled landing at Ashkhabad of Turkmenistan and it resumed operation after necessary repair, according to a press release of the national airlines. The Prime Minister landed safe in Budapest late in the evening , according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.

Flight BG 1011, “Ranga Pravat” carrying the premier and 99 passengers including her entourage, four cockpit crew, 20 cabin crew and four aircraft engineers left Dhaka for the Hungarian capital at 9.14 am.

But due to technical fault it landed at Ashkhabad, the Turkmenistan capital, at 2.15 pm Bangladesh time, the release added.

Later the flight started for Budapest at 6.37 pm Bangladesh time and is expected to reach Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest at 11 pm.

A London-bound Biman flight BG 001 was sent to Ashkhabad by changing its route and it landed in the Turkmenistan capital at 4.10 pm Bangladesh time.

“The BG001 flight was sent to Ashkhabad to give the backup coverage of the VVIP flight,” Shakil Meraz, spokesman of the airlines said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on her way to Budapest on a four-day bilateral visit in conjunction with Budapest Water Summit 2016 at the invitation of Hungarian President Janos Ader.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon told reporters that the flight made emergency landing after fuel pressure of one of the engines of the Boeing 777 dropped.

He said all passengers were safe.

Hasina waited at the Ashgabat airport for nearly four hours, said a foreign ministry official.