4 additional days needed to repair grounded Biman planes

The national flag carrier has struggled to maintain flight schedules as four of its planes have been grounded since mid-February

TBS report

April 13, 2022, 9:15 p.m.

Last modification: April 13, 2022, 9:43 PM

Biman Aircraft file photo / Royed Bin Masud


Biman Aircraft file photo / Royed Bin Masud

At least four more days will be needed to repair one of two Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeings that were grounded after colliding in a hangar at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, aviation ministry sources said yesterday civil and tourism.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines engineers are repairing the two aircraft in the airport hangar and the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism on Tuesday set up a commission of inquiry to identify those responsible for the incident.

The four-member committee headed by Md Muhidul Islam, deputy secretary in the ministry of civil aviation and tourism, began work on Wednesday and is due to deliver a report within seven working days.

“We inspected the two planes on Wednesday. I think they will be able to fly very soon,” Md Muhidul Islam, head of the investigation committee, told Business Standard.

He also said that the committee will submit the report on time.

A Boeing 777 entering a hangar at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for maintenance on Sunday, rammed a Boeing 737 from behind.

The weather radar at the front of the Boeing 777 was damaged and the vertical stabilizer at the rear of the Boeing 737 was broken.

The Boeing 777’s weather radar has already been restored and it is expected to take flight by Thursday, sources at the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism said.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahbub Ali expressed anger over the incident after inspecting the planes on Monday.

He said action would be taken after investigating whether the incident was an accident or an act of sabotage.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has formed a committee to investigate the matter following a directive from the minister.

Biman struggles to maintain his flight schedule

The engineering department and maintenance unit of Biman Bangladesh Airlines said with the two planes grounded on Sunday, four of their aircraft have been grounded so far this year.

Consequently, the airline is struggling to maintain its schedule with fewer planes. Their flights have been delayed by about an hour and a half to two and a half hours over the past two days.

Flight delay is a regular occurrence for Biman. Expressing their anger over the routine delay of flights at a recent public hearing hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), many Biman passengers called the national airline’s trip a “curse “.

Currently, Biman’s fleet has 21 aircraft. It has four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, four Boeing 777-300ERs, six Boeing 737-800s and five Dash-8s.

Sunday’s collision was the third such incident to occur since mid-February this year, raising questions about the upkeep of the national flag carrier.

On February 15 this year, a Biman Boeing 737 was brought back from Malaysia after a windshield crack was noticed mid-flight en route to Kuala Lumpur.

On March 6, another Boeing was damaged when a bird struck its engine while landing at Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport.

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