Bangladesh passenger plane forced to land in 'hijack attempt'

Security personnel in Dhaka

Security personnel in Dhaka

The Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG 147, which was on its way to Dubai from Dhaka, reportedly made an emergency landing in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Civil Aviation SecretaryMohibul Haque said a cabin crew member raised alarm finding the behavior of a passenger suspicious. Airport operations at the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong have ceased and the area has been cordoned off.

Flight BG147's passengers disembarked safely, reports say, citing police.

Unconfirmed reports claim one crew member was shot.

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Bangladeshi media is reporting that gunshots have been heard from inside the plane.

The hijacker was armed and opened fire during the incident, a local legislator who was on the plane told Somoy TV. The plane did an emergency landing at the airport around 5.40PM Bangladesh time.

All passengers have been allowed to leave the plane, said airline's general manager.

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