Bangladeshi commandos have stormed a passenger plane and shot dead a man who allegedly tried to hijack it, authorities said.


Bangladeshi commandos have stormed a passenger plane and shot dead a man who allegedly tried to hijack it, authorities said.
The 25-year-old was shot and later died of his wounds after taking a crew member hostage on the Biman Airlines jet, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Chittagong airport late Sunday.
Some 134 passengers and 14 crew were released unharmed after an operation that lasted barely 10 minutes.

Airport manager Wing Commander Sarwar-e-Jaman said the hijacker was “psychologically imbalanced”.
“The reason he gave for the hijack was that he had troubles with his wife and he wanted to talk to the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina,” Sarwar told AFP.
Flight BG 147 was going from Dhaka to Dubai via Chittagong when the hijacking started.
The man — named only as Mahadi — reportedly wielded a gun in the cabin and tried to storm the cockpit, forcing an emergency landing.

One passenger told reporters he may have fired the weapon twice, but civil aviation authority chairman Air Vice Marshall Nayeem Hasan said the gun he was carrying was not real.

“According to those who have seen it, it appears that the gun was fake,” Hasan said.
“An inquiry is underway,” the civil aviation chief said.


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