A bomb threat on Malaysia Airlines ?
A bomb threat on Malaysia Airlines Turned out to be false. But the authorities stuck to their task
Earlier than lengthy, the Air Pressure’s bomb squad arrived together with the Anti-Terrorism Unit and the Armed Police Battalion as military and RAB personnel stood guard outdoors the airport.
The data conveyed over the telephone advised that two passengers onboard a Malaysia Airways flight from Kuala Lumpur to Dhaka on Wednesday have been carrying bombs.
Though the authorities couldn’t confirm it with Malaysia Airways or from any intelligence report, they didn’t take the menace flippantly.
Because the Malaysia Airways flight carrying 135 passengers landed at Hazrat Shahjalal Airport round 9:40 pm, the safety workers combed via the bags and searched every passenger for round three and a half hours.
It was a tip-off from Malaysia to the Speedy Motion Battalion that received the ball rolling. With pressure constructing, the authorities of Hazrat Shahjalal Worldwide Airport rolled up their sleeves and began to take fast security measures. A bomb threat on Malaysia Airlines.
However they didn’t discover any “harmful or bomb-like materials” on the airplane, Group Captain AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan, director of the airport, stated at a media briefing within the early hours of Thursday.
The message that got here via a Malaysian telephone quantity was that the suspects have been two Pakistani nationals. The flight, nevertheless, had no Pakistani passenger in it.
Whereas experiences abounded that the plane was pressured into an emergency touchdown because of the menace, officers dismissed them saying the airplane made a routine contact down.
“We contacted the Malaysia Airways authorities and informed them in regards to the matter. They stated they didn’t have any passenger aboard that matched the profile.”
The flight was made up solely of Bangladeshi passengers aside from one Malaysian nationwide, Touhid-ul stated.
However the airport authorities made positive that every one the protocols associated to a bomb menace have been adopted even when it turned out to be a false alarm, in response to Touhid-ul.
“First we had a gathering with civil aviation representatives, intelligence officers and legislation enforcers. Our intelligence members stated the data from Malaysia wasn’t substantiated.”
“Even then, we determined to take it severely and ready to observe the SOP (Normal Working Process). We introduced that we’d go for motion and conduct a search.”
After the flight landed, it was requested to park on the taxiway when the search operation started, the airport director stated.
Following the guidelines of the usual process, the Air Pressure, Hearth Service and intelligence brokers have been referred to as on the scene.
The Bangabandhu Bomb Disposal Unit of Bangladesh Air Pressure performed a key position in conducting the search, aided by the APBn. The military and RAB have been additionally on standby.
Floor dealing with brokers of Biman Bangladesh Airways unloaded the bags and ensured that every one passengers disembarked. The canine squad was additionally deployed to smell out something harmful.
Having been discovered with nothing of notice, the passengers have been later despatched to the terminal. Then the cargo was offloaded from each chambers of the plane and searched.
“Each baggage was scanned after which despatched to the bay space. They have been scanned by the canine squad too, however nothing harmful was discovered,” the director stated.
A search contained in the plane didn’t yield something both, but it surely was a protracted course of.
Round 1 am, the final piece of baggage was scanned and the Air Pressure officers declared the airplane protected.
Nobody was arrested over the incident because the airplane ready for its subsequent flight.
In the course of the media briefing, a passenger of the flight complained in regards to the ordeal all of them went via.
“We landed at 9.30 pm and now it’s 1.30 am. We’re all caught right here (on the airport) however nobody has even given us a bottle of water prior to now 4 hours,” he stated.
“It solely prices Tk 15 to purchase a bottle of water and anybody might have given it. We made a protracted journey. You individuals are not paying any consideration to it,” the passenger stated.
Touhid-ul stated they have been busy addressing the emergency however assured the passenger that the authorities will probably be briefed to not make such a mistake in future.