Passenger who attempted to hijack Biman 737 killed
February 25, 2019
A passenger on board a Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 737-800 was killed by special forces on 24 February after he attempted to hijack the aircraft.

The aircraft, registered S2-AHV, was operating flight BG147 from Dhaka to Chittagong, when the incident happened.

Local media reports said that the suspect had tried to enter the cockpit, and threatened the crew with a pistol when he was blocked. He then threatened to blow up the aircraft with explosives.

The aircraft made an emergency landing at Chittagong, where special forces were waiting. The army called for the suspect to surrender, to which he held a crew member hostage, while releasing the other 147 passengers and crew.

The suspect was carried out injured after special forces stormed the aircraft, but died later. The hostage was uninjured.

Atlas Air 767 Freighter crashes near Houston
February 23, 2019
An Atlas Air Boeing 767-300ER Freighter operating as online retailer Amazon's Prime Air has crashed near Houston following a flight from Miami.

The aircraft (MSN 25865) operating Atlas Air flight 3591 "crashed into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas, shortly before 12:45pm [local time] today", the US Federal Aviation Administration says in a statement.

There were three crewmembers aboard the flight, according to the regulator. FAA investigators are enroute to the crash site.

FlightRadar24 data shows the flight departed Miami at 11:33 local time and was scheduled to arrive at Houston Intercontinental at 12:53 local time.

The 767-300ER Freighter has flown for Prime Air since April 2017, Cirium Fleets Analyzer shows. It had 90,601h and 23,180 cycles at the end of December.

The aircraft was delivered new to Canadian Airlines International in 1992, the database shows. It was converted to a freighter by Atlas Air in 2016.

Atlas Air was not immediately available for comment.

Air Astana to lift Uzbekistan frequencies
February 22, 2019
Kazakhstan's Air Astana is set to lift its frequencies on its services to Tashkent starting 1 April.

Flights between Almaty and Tashkent will increase from daily to 10-times weekly, while Astana-Tashkent will rise from four-times weekly to six-times weekly.

The additional frequencies to Tashkent will be operated using Airbus A320s and Embraer 190s.

Cirium schedules data shows that Air Astana competes with Uzbekistan Airways on both routes.


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