Biman Dash Q-400 aircraft skids off at Yangon Airport amidst bad weather

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Dhaka : A passenger plane of Biman Bangladesh Airlines skidded off while landing on Yangon International Airport's runway in Myanmar on May 8. There were no fatalities, however, several suffered injuries. Due to the shortage of aircraft following the crash, the national flag carrier had to suspend operations of ten flights on four domestic routes till May 13.

The flight BG060 from Dhaka crash-landed at Yangon airport runway at 6:20 pm as a freak storm hit the city, said Shakil Meraj, General Manager - Public Relations, Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The flight took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:45 pm, 20 minutes behind schedule.

"The crash happened near Terminal 3 where it fell onto the cargo runway as it landed," a police official at the airport said. The nose and both wings were damaged, he added. The fuselage was cracked and crumpled at places and the landing gears appeared to have collapsed.

Fire-fighters and a number of ambulances promptly arrived at the scene. Representatives from Myanmar's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch (AIIB) went to the crash site on the night of the accident.

Runway operations of the Yangon airport were suspended after the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft of the national carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines skidded off. Other incoming flights were diverted to the capital Naypyidaw.

A probe committee has been formed to investigate the cause of the accident. However, till now, the sudden thunderstorm that hit Yangon is said to be the only cause.

The aircraft had 33 people on board - 29 passengers including a child, two pilots and two cabin crews. The passengers were from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Canada, China, India, France and Switzerland.

There was no casualty. However, several including a pilot sustained injuries. "None of them had life-threatening injuries. One passenger had a leg and a hand broken," said Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury, Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar.

Biman provided assistance to the victims of the accident in Yangon. Of the injured, 19, including an infant and six women, were taken to North Okkalapa Hospital in Yangon right away. Four of them were released later at night.

A special Myanmar-bound Biman flight brought back ten of the accident survivours on May 10. The returnees were two pilots, two cabin crew members, two ground engineers and four passengers.

Five of the returnees were admitted to the hospital for further treatment, and the others went home, said Shakil Meraj. Two of the Bangladeshi passengers could not return because of work in Yangon.

"Biman is also bearing the treatment expenses of the foreign passengers being treated in Myanmar," Shakil added.

Biman runs flight operation on ten domestic routes across the country with three Bombardier Dash-8 planes, out of which one crashed at Yangon airport in Myanmar.

Hence, the airline was having difficulties to run its operation on all the domestic routes with the rest of the aircraft, which eventually resulted in suspension of ten domestic flights on Sylhet, Rajshahi, Jashore and Saidpur routes till May 13.

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