A pilot of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag-carrier who was piloting a VVIP flight to fly Prime Minister back home from Finland has been held at Qatar airport for not having passport.
Captain Fazal Mahmud was denied entry by Qatar immigration after it was found that he traveled without a passport, Ashraf Hossain, general manager (central control) of Biman,
Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Muhibul Haque said that a flight of private airline Regent Airways took off from Dhaka airport for Doha at 7:30 pm this evening carrying the passport of Captain Fazal Mahmud.
The incident is an outcome of the pilot’s irresponsibility, the secretary said.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said steps will be taken against the pilot after an investigation into the incident.
The pilot is presently held at the immigration of Doha airport. He left his passport in a locker at the control room of Biman’s Flight Operations.
Captain Mahmud, the pilot of a Biman Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, flew from Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Doha last night to bring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina back home after her tri-nation official visit.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina is now in Finland and is expected to return to Bangladesh on June 8.
How such serious irresponsibility could take place with the captain of a VVIP flight, which is supposed to fly the Prime Minister back home still remains a mystery. Earlier, several incidents including technical glitch and discovery of unsealed food for the PM was found in a number of flights.