A Malaysian Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, after a bomb threat was reported on board.
One of the officials said: “We are searching every passenger and the plane…but so far we haven’t found any bomb or bomb-like object inside the plane. We will be able to give a full picture after the search is over.”
The flight landed at the airport around 9:40 pm local time, and airport sources said firefighters and members of various law enforcement agencies including the air force were deployed.
After getting the information, the respective team sat in an emergency meeting and took all precautions for the emergency landing of the aircraft.
“Shortly, we came to know that the information was not correct,” said Touhid.
“Even then, we did not take any chance and took all measures as per the standard operating procedure and informed all security agencies, Army and Navy commandos, Armed Police Battalion, Rab members and firefighters for a thorough search,” he added.
After completing a search of the aircraft, cabin, and cargo luggage, the aircraft was declared safe by the commanding officer of the Air Force.
It is reported that Malaysia decided to suspend flights from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, as of Saturday amid fears of a new mutant of the emerging coronavirus COVID-19.