A Biman aircraft with 251 passengers on board was on Saturday barred from landing at John F Kennedy Airport in New York as the US Federal Aviation Authority restricts any DC-10 aircraft in that country.
The aircraft, which left Dhaka Friday morning for New York en-route to Brussels, then landed in Montreal Airport, Canada, leaving the passengers of the BG 011 flight stranded, according to a message received in Dhaka on Sunday. It landed in Montreal at 6:35am on Sunday. The US authorities had been talking tough on the operation of such outdated aircraft as those aeroplanes, according to them, are highly risky for long trips, it added.
The managing director of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines, MA Momen, acknowledged the incident. He, however, could not confirm why the aircraft had been barred from landing at Kennedy Airport, but said they had operated DC-10 airplanes there in March and April. All passengers have been shifted to hotels and efforts were on to send them to New York by alternative flights. Listen to this report by clicking on our evening show.