October 14, 2019
World News

Plane breaks in half after skidding off runway in Myanmar

stuff: A plane operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines has skidded off the runway while landing Wednesday evening at Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport, injuring at least four people including a pilot, an airline official said.

Biman spokesman Shakil Meraj said the accident occurred when the Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 aircraft was landing in bad weather after a flight from Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

Flight BG060 was carrying 33 people, including two pilots and two flight attendants, he said, adding that the condition of the four injured people was not life-threatening.

Photos of the plane posted on social media showed it lying partly on the wet runway and partly on the grass. Its fuselage appeared to be broken in at least two spots.

The Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star quoted Bangladesh’s ambassador in Yangon as saying: “All are injured more or less but no one was in critical state. However, 15 of the injured are hospitalised.”

Meraj said the airline was sending a special flight to bring the passengers and crew back.

“We want to ensure that everybody is treated properly in case of any injuries,” he said.

Asked if passengers could decide to stay in Yangon, he replied: “We can’t force anybody, but what we want to ensure is that everybody is OK, and they can return with our team.”

Airport authorities briefly halted runway operations after the accident but announced later they had resumed, though flight delays were expected.

Source: Published by stuff

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