Dhaka – Panels investigated the technical faults that caused emergency landing of national airlines carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last month have apparently failed to sum up whether the glitches were meant for an “act of sabotage or not”.
Rashed Khan Menon, minister for civil aviation and tourism, came up with the information after three investigation committees submitted their findings Sunday saying the “glitches were man-made.”
“It could not be determined whether the glitches were meant for an act of sabotage or it was simply because of negligence,” the minister told reporters at his office.
He said his ministry needs further review to determine whether it was an act of sabotage.
“Appropriate actions in line with the law will be taken,” the minister said adding that nine persons were suspended over the technical glitch.
A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines made emergency landing in 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 plane landed Ashkhabad of Turkmenistan.
The flight, however, flew to Budapest from Ashkhabad more than four hours behind the schedule as the engineers need to repair the aircraft.
A primary probes by three separate enquiry committees were formed by the civil aviation ministry, Biman and Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, found that the glitches caused by human intervention.
Biman authorities in a statement on November 30 said it had suspended six officials of engineering and technical department due to their negligence to duty.