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Bangla airline to sue US for barring aircraft landing

May 17, 2006 13:26 IST
Bangladesh's national carrier Biman will sue US authorities for barring one of its aircrafts from landing at the JFK Airport in New York this week, officials said on Wednesday.

The DC-10 aircraft was forced to land at Montreal due to fuel shortage and had to keep passengers in hotel as well as arranging their onward journeys causing huge losses to the cash-strapped airlines, the officials said.

Biman's managing director M A Momen told reporters that the Bangladesh mission in Washington has been asked to take legal action against the US
authorities for "damaging the image of the airlines, putting the lives of crew and passengers in risk, and causing financial loss to the carrier."

"We will go for legal action for compensation," he said.

The US Federal Aviation Administration sent a letter to Biman on Tuesday saying that barring landing of the aircraft was a mistake which they deeply regretted.

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