A Biman Bangladesh aircraft carrying 29 passengers and 6 crew members skidded off the runway while trying to land in heavy rain and poor visibility at the Yangon International Airport yesterday evening, injuring 19 people on board, including the pilot.
“The plane skidded off while making a landing. There were no deaths, but some people were injured in the accident. The plane is badly damaged. We cannot go close to the plane now because oil is leaking from it. Firemen are on standby near the plane,” an official with the airport told the Myanmar News Agency. Flight number BG 060, a Bombardier Dash-8/400 aircraft, from Dhaka skidded off the runway at 6:51 p.m. local time, while trying to land in heavy rain.
The body and two wings of the plane belonging to the Biman Bangladesh Airlines were damaged in the crash.
After the accident, runway operations were suspended according to Air Traffic Control procedures and incoming flights were diverted to Nay Pyi Taw and Chiang Mai.
The plane was carrying 29 passengers — one from Canada, three from China, one from Denmark, one from France, two from the United Kingdom, one from India, one from Switzerland, 16 from Bangladesh, and three Myanmar nationals.—Zaw Gyi (Panita)
(Translated by GNLM)