Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday praised the courage and intelligence of the pilot, co-pilot and cabin crew of the Biman aircraft which was attempted to be hijacked on February 24.
She also termed them heroes and said they saved the lives of the passengers.
Hasina showered the pilot, the co-pilot and the five crew members with praise as they called on her at the Gono Bhaban yesterday evening, PM's Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan told The Daily Star.
“You've showed huge courage, intelligence and prudence,” she said, addressing the pilots and the crew of the aircraft, reports BSS.
“You've successfully tackled the situation with infinite courage and that's why there was no casualties and damage to the aircraft,” she added.
The Dubai-bound Boeing 737-800 made an emergency landing at the Chattogram airport at 5:41pm on Sunday after a man named Polash Ahmed allegedly attempted to hijack the plane.
He was killed later in an eight-minute operation by military para- commandos.
Hasina said she monitored the situation every minute during that episode and that her biggest concern was the security of the passengers, pilots and crew.
“I had issued directives for safe evacuation of all passengers, pilots and crews,” she added.