Flight carrying Bangladesh PM makes emergency landing
November 27 2016 05:02 PM
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Sheikh Hasina was on her way to Budapest for the International Water Summit 2016.


An international flight carrying Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Hungary made an emergency landing in Turkmenistan after technical problems, officials said on Sunday.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon told reporters that the flight operated by the national airlines made an emergency landing at Ashgabat International Airport after the fuel pressure of one of the Boeing 777's engines dropped.

"All passengers of the flight are safe," he added.

Hasina was aboard the plane along with her entourage as she was on her way to Budapest for the International Water Summit 2016 to be kicked off on Monday.

Shakil Meraj, Biman Bangladesh Airlines spokesman, said the technical problems were repaired, and the flight with 99 passengers and 22 crew members left for Budapest from Ashgabat after a test run.

Hasina waited at the Ashgabat airport for nearly four hours, said a foreign ministry official.

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