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Biman pilot for PM’s return flight stuck at Qatar for not carrying passport

  • Published at 11:00 pm June 6th, 2019
A Bangladesh Biman plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International AirportRajib Dhar
File photo of a Bangladesh Biman plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Captain Fazle Mahmud piloted Boeing 787 to Qatar in order to bring back the premier

The Biman Bangladesh pilot who was on his way to bring back Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been held back Qatar's Doha International Airport for not carrying his passport.

Biman authorities have arranged for the pilot's passport to be sent to Doha in order to bring him back, confirmed by several employees of the airlines on Thursday.

Captain Fazle Mahmud piloted Boeing 787 to Qatar in order to bring back the premier, who is on an international visit to three countries.

When contacted regarding the matter, Captain Jamil Ahmed, Biman’s acting chief, was unavailable for comments.

The immigration police were unable to provide any details on how he was allowed to cross immigration without the passport.

"The pilot forgot his passport. It will be probed how he crossed immigration without it," said Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Muhibul Hoque.

He added that his passport has already been sent to Qatar.

“There are a few international rules pilots have to follow while travelling,” Biman Director (administration) Ziauddin Ahmed informed.

According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), pilots have to travel with a copy of the general declaration along with their passports.