Crew members on a Dubai-bound flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines foiled a hijack attempt Sunday by overpowering a suspect who tried to force his way into the cockpit, airport sources said. All passengers on board are safe, the national civil aviation chief said.
"All 150 plus passengers are safe," Air Vice Marshall Nayeem Hasan told AFP of flight BG147 which had taken off from the capital Dhaka, adding that the man's intentions were unclear.
"We think he is a suspected madman. He is saying that he has a bomb, but we are not sure," Hasan said after the plane landed at Chittagong airport in southeastern Bangladesh, where the passengers were evacuated.
An investigation into the accident is underway.