Pilots urged to ensure safe flying to reduce air crash

Stating different mega projects taken to spread out the booming aviation sector, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali in the capital on Monday urged pilots to identify different challenges for improving flight safety standards in order to curb airplane accidents, reports BSS.

“I have called upon all the aviation stakeholders to ensure safe flying in order to reduce airplane accidents,” he said while inaugurating the Asia- Pacific Regional Meeting of IFALPA at a city hotel. Pilots from 19 countries – Bangladesh, Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the USA – are taking part in the four-day meeting.

Highly lauding efficiency of Bangladeshi pilots, the state minister said whenever he flies in any local airlines especially Biman Bangladesh Airlines, he feels comfortable and relaxed because he knows he is in good hands of Bangladeshi pilots. “Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always says, Biman pilots are one of the best pilots of the world,” the state minister added.

Ali described various recent initiatives taken by the government to ensure financial sustainability in the aviation sector as well as support Air Cargo Industry.

The minister, in his speech, mentioned undergoing mega projects, including construction of the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, construction of new terminal buildings as well as expansion of runways at Chattogram, Sylhet, Cox’s Bazar and Jashore airports.

Besides, he said a project is being implemented to ensure the security of all international airports in Bangladesh in line with the recommendation of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). “Infrastructural development will support our booming (aviation) industry and convert our visions as well as dreams to success stories … the government is committed to achieve the target,” he added.

Biman’s Board Chairman Air Marshal (retd) Enamul Bari, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshall Mohammed Mofidur Rahman, IFALPA President Captain Jack Netskar, Executive Vice President Captain Ishtiaque Hossain and Bangladesh airlines pilots association (BAPA) President Captain Mahbubur Rahman also spoke at the inaugural session.