All the 326 passengers and the crew of a Saudia Airlines plane were evacuated unhurt as an engine of the Boeing airliner caught fire shortly after it landed in Dhaka Tuesday, civil aviation officials said.
‘The third engine in the right wing of the plane catches fire soon after it landed in the Zia International Airport,’ said Shakeb Iqbal Khan Majlish, chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh.
An official of the Saudia Airlines also confirmed that a fire broke out in an engine of the Boeing 747 aircraft, which carried passengers from Medina city of Saudi Arabia and landed in Dhaka at around 2:10pm.
Shakeb said all the 326 people including three children, 16 cabin crews and three cockpit crews of the flight SBA 810 were rescued from the plane through emergency exits without any injuries.
‘Our air traffic control tower noticed smoke in the right wing of the plane soon after it touched the runway and informed the captain of the aircraft about it,’ said the CAAB chief.
The captain informed that he had shut off the troubled engine.
Following advice from the control tower, the captain later shut off all the four engines, he added.
A fire-fighters’ team stationed at the airport and a team of Air Force doused the fire immediately and rescued the passengers safely.
Shakeb said the CAAB had formed a four-member committee headed by its director (flight safety) Kamrul Islam to investigate the cause of the fire within seven working days.