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Biman’s Boeings jinxed?

Published : 17 Jun 2022 09:55 PM

Due to negligence, latest-technology aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines are often facing accidents one after another at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).   

Five people, including the principal engineer of a Dreamliner of Bangladesh Biman Airlines have been suspended following an accident of a Boeing 787 aircraft at HSIA on April 10.   

Biman Principal Mohammad Badrul Islam, Engineer Md. Mainul Islam, Syed Bahaul Islam, Selim Hossain Khan and GSE operator Md. Hafizur Rahman have been suspended primarily, according to a Biman source. 

This time a Boeing-787 Dreamliner had an accident. The aircraft started to be pushed back without opening the connection to the boarding bridge. This damaged the Dreamliner door. The accident took place at Boarding Bridge No. 4 of the airport on Thursday afternoon. 

Earlier on April 10, while a Boeing 737 was being maintained at the hangar, another Boeing 777 collided with it. Both planes were damaged at the time.  

According to airport sources, the accident took place when the aircraft started pushback without opening the connection of the boarding bridge while parking. However, it was not immediately clear how much damage was done to the aircraft. 

The Airport Authority has sought an explanation from the engineering branch of Biman Bangladesh in this regard. Biman Bangladesh authorities have formed a two-member investigation committee to investigate the incident. The committee has been asked to submit an investigation report within three working days. 

HSIA Executive Director Group Captain Mohammad Kamrul Islam told journalists, “The rules and regulations that have to be followed while separating the aircraft from the boarding bridge have not been followed accordingly. They pushed back without opening the connection between the pen door and the boarding bridge. The incident is being investigated. I wanted to know how and why the incident happened from the engineering section of the aircraft.” 

Biman’s General Manager (public relations) Tahera Khandaker said, “The Dreamliner was ready to depart for Riyadh at 2.30 pm on June 17 as per the schedule. A two-member investigation committee comprising Chief Engineer Kaiser Zaman and Deputy General Manager (GSE) Maintenance has been formed to uncover the actual incident. The inquiry committee has been directed to complete the investigation and submit a report within the next three working days.”