Eastern Times, Dhaka, 27 August : A passenger flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines made an emergency landing in India as its pilot suffered a heart attack mid-air.
The Dhaka-bound flight landed at Nagpur airport around 11.40am today in the western state of Maharashtra, said AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan, director at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-8, was carrying 126 passengers from Muscat.
An aviation official told the media the plane was near the central state of Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur when its co-pilot contacted the air traffic controller in the eastern city of Kolkata for an emergency landing.
“The Kolkata ATC, in turn, asked the co-pilot to land at the nearest airport. Around 11.40 am, the passenger plane safely landed at Nagpur airport in the western state of Maharashtra,” the official told the media.
The pilot was soon rushed to a nearby hospital, the official added.
To bring back the flight, a set of pilots and crew will proceed to Nagpur, said AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan.