Gunman shot dead after storming cockpit of Dubai-bound plane

Gunman shot dead after storming cockpit of Dubai-bound plane
Published: 25 February 2019 - 7:03 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

A man carrying what appeared to be a gun attempted to enter the cockpit of an airliner flying between Dhaka and Dubai on Sunday, prompting the plane to make an emergency landing and leading to a tense standoff with Bangladeshi security forces.

The Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Dhaka to Dubai made an emergency landing in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong on Sunday evening after the flight crew reported a passenger, apparently armed with a gun, was attempting to enter the cockpit.

The suspect reportedly wanted to speak to Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, although local security forces later said that he was mentally unstable and was acting out due to marital problems.

After the plane landed, the man allowed passengers and crew to disembark, but remained on-board, refusing to surrender.

"We tried to arrest him or get him to surrender but he refused and then we shot him," said Major General S M Motiur Rahman.

The man appeared to have a pistol and explosives around his body, said the head of Bangladesh's civil aviation authority, Air Vice Marshal Nayeem Hasan.

It was not immediately clear if either were real.

After a tense standoff, security forces stormed the plane and shot the suspect when he continued to resist. He died from his injuries at the scene.

Shakil Miraj, general manager for Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said the pilot had taken emergency action after a crew member reported a passenger behaving suspiciously.

"There were 142 passengers and all of them have come out from the aircraft safely," he said.

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