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Flight forced to make emergency landing after reported hijacking attempt

Flight forced to make emergency landing after reported hijacking attempt


A flight en route to Dubai made an emergency landing in Bangladesh on Sunday afternoon after a reported hijacking attempt.

What are the details?

The flight — a Biman Bangladesh airliner — took off from Dhaka, Bangladesh, around 4:35 p.m. local time on Sunday. Just 40 minutes later, the flight was forced to land in nearby Chittagong, Bangladesh.

The flight made its landing after a flight crew member reportedly discovered a male passenger exhibiting "suspicious behavior."

During a Sunday news conference, Air Vice Marshal Mofidur Rahman said that a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested and taken into custody in connection with the incident. He described the man as a suspected terrorist who boasted of possessing a bomb as well as a handgun.

Rezaul Karim with the Bangladesh military's interservice public affairs office said that the suspect sustained injuries when military fired on the man. It is unclear at the time of this writing where the shooting took place.

Nayeem Hasan, Bangladesh's civil aviation chief, told reporters that the unnamed suspect seems "psychologically deranged" based on conversations officials have had with him thus far.

Nur Islam, Bangladeshi air force spokesman, told The Associated Press that "the situation was under control."

Police and military surrounded the flight when it landed on Sunday afternoon, according to Reuters.

The Boeing 737 airliner carried 142 passengers. No casualties have been reported at the time of this writing.

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