A Dhaka-bound Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from the Saidpur Airport in Nilphamari was cancelled on Thursday night due to technical issues.
The BG-496 aircraft was scheduled to take off at 8:45 PM and it was Biman’s last flight of the day from Saidpur. A total of 70 passengers were supposed to board the flight.
One of the passengers Hafizur Rahman, a resident of Adabor in Dhaka, said, he had gone to Banglabandha to take part in a development work of BGB. Due to an emergency, he booked a flight to Dhaka that night. After all the passengers boarded the flight, the technical problems were announced. At first they were asked to wait 30 minutes but till 10:30 PM the airport authorities didn’t do anything.
Airport authorities later checked 26 of the passengers into a local residential hotel, Eco Heritage Hotel and Restaurant. The general manager of the hotel Masud Rana said, Biman Bangladesh Airlines officials made the bookings for 26 passengers. At 11:30 PM the passengers checked into their rooms. There were women and children among the passengers. Five officials including a pilot also stayed in the hotel.
The reporter tried to contact Biman Bangladesh Airline’s Nilphamari district manager Harun Ar Rashid but he didn’t respond to phone calls. A source informed that the passengers would be flown to Dhaka on a Biman flight on Friday morning.