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Plane makes emergency landing

A Bangladeshi airliner makes an emergency landing in Bangkok after a man with a knife caused a panic.

world Updated: Apr 08, 2008 12:39 IST

A Bangladeshi airliner made an emergency landing on Tuesday in Bangkok after a man with a knife caused a panic among passengers, Thai aviation officials said.

The pilot of the GMG Airline flight from Kuala Lumpur to Dhaka asked for an emergency landing at 9:30 am (0800 IST) after an unruly passenger took out a knife, Chana U-Sathaporn, president of Airports of Thailand told AFP.

Aviation authorities directed the plane to land at Bangkok's domestic Don Mueang airport, he added. "There were 60 passengers on the flight. It landed after an unruly passenger named Hasan Ali took out a small knife," Chana said.

"The man was detained and is being questioned at Don Mueang airport," he added.

The head of the Department of Civil Aviation, Chaisak Angkasuwan, said a passenger was carrying a fruit knife, which the pilot believed could pose a threat to the flight.

"A fight broke out on the plane. A man believed to have a mental problem was carrying a fruit knife. Authorities have no idea how he got it on the plane," Chaisak told AFP.

An official at Don Mueang confirmed that the plane had made an emergency landing, but could not provide any details on the flight.