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Biman rejects media reports on pilot’s detention in Qatar

  • Published at 08:08 pm June 7th, 2019

Biman pilot Captain Fazal Mahmud operated flight BG-125 on the Dhaka-Chittagong-Doha on June 5

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has rejected media reports that one of its pilots was detained by Qatar immigration authority in Doha for not carrying his passport.

“No pilot of Biman Bangladesh Airlines was detained or arrested by the Qatar immigration authority in Doha,” said a Biman press release on Friday, reports BSS.

According to the press release, Biman pilot Captain Fazal Mahmud operated flight BG-125 on the Dhaka-Chittagong-Doha on June 5. After landing in Doha, he noticed that his passport was not with him.

The pilot immediately informed the Biman station manager in Doha over the matter, and also contacted Dhaka headquarters. As his passport was not with him, Captain Fazal Mahmud checked in at the Hotel Arix, which is located before the immigration checkpoint inside the airport, said the release.

On June 6, the Biman Bangladesh authorities sent Captain Fazal’s passport to Doha on another flight, it added.

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After receiving the passport, Captain Fazal Mahmud passed through immigration in Qatar as per regular procedure, without any hassle.

Currently, the pilot is staying at the Hotel Crown Plaza in Doha along with other crew members, and he will operate flight BG-126 back to Dhaka on June 10.

However, the cabinet division on Friday formed a four-member inter-ministerial committee to investigate the Biman pilot’s travel to Qatar without passport, and the negligence of the immigration authority at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in this regard.

The committee, headed by Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Mosammat Nasima Begum, has been asked to submit its report to the cabinet secretary within three working days, a notification issued by the cabinet division said.

The notification said Captain Fazal Mahmud Chowdhury was detained by the immigration authority at Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar on June 5, for travelling to Doha without a passport.