Vol. 5 Num 182 Sat. November 27, 2004  
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F-28 develops fault on air

A Biman F-28 plane yesterday developed technical problems in the air twice but landed safely at Zia International Airport (ZIA).

Soon after the Kolkata-bound aircraft took off from ZIA at 10:30am, the pilots found that its wheels were not folding. Then the pilots reverted the flight and landed it at the airport within a few minutes after take-off.

After two hours of repair works, the BG091 flight was able to leave for Kolkata.

On return flight from Kolkata, the F28 plane, bought from Indonesia early this year, again developed fault in its hydraulic system.

The pilots, however, decided to continue the flight to Dhaka and were able to land safely at ZIA.

The plane was then sent to hangar for repair.

The problem with the F28 aircraft caused delay to most of the domestic flights by two to four hours yesterday.

Biman's Kathmandu flight was delayed by four hours.

A few months back, the engine of an F28, procured from Indonesia, broke down while another F-28 crashed in Sylhet last month.

Out of five F28s, which are usually used in domestic and regional flights, three are either grounded in hangar or declared abandoned. Consequently, Biman finds it difficult to maintain domestic and regional schedules.