Thai Air Force aircraft makes troubled landing in Dhaka

Civil aviation and Biman officials said the training aircraft of Thai Royal Air Force skidded off the runway as it was landing at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Dhaka: A Thai Air Force plane with 15 people on board skidded off the runway while landing at an airport here on Monday, injuring three passengers and halting flight operations for some time.

Civil aviation and Biman officials said the training aircraft of Thai Royal Air Force skidded off the runway as it was landing at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport this morning, injuring the pilot and two others.

"The aircraft immediately veered off the taxiway used solely for military planes as it landed," a civil aviation spokesman told reporters.

A spokesperson of the state-run Biman supplemented him saying "the training aircraft in type ATR-72, carrying 15 people of Thai Royal Air Force on board skidded off the airport`s runway while at least one person received minor injury".

Fire engines rushed to the scene fearing a major accident or break out of fire but a civil aviation official said the troubled landing "caused no major damage to the aircraft and no fire broke out in the engines and the situation is under control".

He said the technical faults or lack of pilot`s skill might have caused the accident that resulted in the halt of departure and landing at the airport for 15 minutes since 8:30 am.

The training aircraft of Thai Royal Air Force flight RTF 304 landed at Hazrat Shahjalal Airport as part of their training programme, official sources said.

PTI

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