A Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot was denied entry at Doha International Airport in Qatar for not carrying passport.
Captain Fazal Mahmud was denied entry by Qatar immigration after it was found that he travelled without passport, Ashraf Hossain, general manager (central control) of Biman, told media. Fazal flew a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Dhaka to Qatar on Wednesday night to fly back Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the officials said. Meanwhile, Biman authorities on Friday claimed that the reports of Qatar Immigration detaining Captain Fazal at Doha Airport for not carrying his passport with him is not correct. In an official statement Biman Bangladesh Airlines authorities said that Captain Fazal on realizing that he had forgotten to carry his passport with him he instantly contacted the station manager of Biman at Doha Airport and also informed Dhaka Biman office from Doha Airport.
He then sought a hotel room at Oryx Airport Hotel at the Airport transit before crossing the immigration. His passport was sent following the news on Thursday. After that Capt Fazal completed his immigration and stayed at the airport. He is scheduled to fly back to Dhaka on a regular flight of Biman on June 10, the Biman authorities said. In the meantime, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is now in Finland and is due to return to Bangladesh on June 8 via Doha.
Captain Aminul Islam of Biman Bangladesh Airline is on his way to Doha now to fly back the Prime Minister instead of Capt Fazal. The flight operation wing of Biman Bangladesh Airlines confirmed that Capt Islam is due to fly to Doha on Friday evening for the purpose. Meanwhile, a four-member committee led by Nasima Begum, additional Secretary of the Cabinet Division was formed on Friday to investigate into the passport issue of Capt Fazal. The probe body has been asked to submit their findings in three working days. Their special focus would be to investigate into the fact that how the pilot cross Dhaka Immigration without his passport.