Thursday, May 28, 2020 | ePaper

Probe finds Biman pilot mistakenly left passport in Dhaka office

  • Print


Biman pilot Captain Fazal Mahmud flew to Qatar earlier this month without a passport to bring back Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from abroad and was detained in the Doha airport for hours. Now a probe report concluded that it was a sheer mistake by the pilot.
"The pilot mistakenly left the passport in his office," Additional Secretary Nasima Begum, the head of probe panel, told bdnews24.com on Monday.
Nasima, however, did not explain whether any recommendation was made to take action against the pilot. But several recommendations have been made in the investigation report, she added.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said he received the report on Sunday. "I am yet to go through the report. But it makes five to seven recommendations."
Asked what kind of recommendation was made, he said, "Any passenger or crew must follow the rules when they cross the immigration. Generic recommendations have been made."
After returning home, the prime minister at a news conference said, "One may forget his passport. But it is the immigration officials' duty to check (if they have the right papers)."
Captain Mahmud travelled to Qatar on June 5 to operate a flight to fly back Hasina from abroad. When the issue of him not carrying his passport was discovered in Doha, another pilot was sent to operate Hasina's flight.
The Department of Immigration and Passports later suspended a sub-inspector for negligence in checking Fazal's passport. Two committees were formed to investigate the incident.

More News For this Category

Daily virus caseload tops 2,000 in BD

Daily virus caseload tops 2,000 in BD

More 2,029 people have tested positive of the novel coronavirus and 15 more died in the last 24 hours in Bangladesh, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said it on

Public transport services will resume May 31

Public transport services will resume May 31

Public transport services such as buses, trains and launches will restart operations from May 31, the public administration ministry on Wednesday announced it. As per the announcement the transport services

Fire kills five patients at coronavirus unit of United Hospital

Fire kills five patients at coronavirus unit of United Hospital

At least five people have died in a fire incident at the COVID-19 unit of the United Hospital in Dhaka`s Gulshan.The Fire Service and Civil Defence sent three units to

Educational institutions to remain shut till June 15

Educational institutions to remain shut till June 15

All the educational institutions will remain closed until June 15, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said Wednesday.  A gazette notification will be issued on Thursday in this regard,

14 die in northern Bangladesh after consuming `alcoholic drinks`

14 die in northern Bangladesh after consuming `alcoholic drinks`

bdnews24.com : At least 14 people died in three days after consuming bootleg liquor in the neighbouring districts of Dinajpur and Rangpur during the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday.   In the northern district

Bangladesh decides against extending shutdown, offices to reopen May 31

The government has decided not to extend the ongoing shutdown over the coronavirus outbreak, allowing offices to reopen on May 31.Offices and other workplaces will be allowed to reopen on

Cabinet sec, three chiefs, IGP meet President

Cabinet secretary, chiefs of three services and Inspector General of Police (IGP) on Tuesday separately paid a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban in the evening.  Cabinet Secretary

Beacon Pharma MD Ebadul Karim contracts coronavirus

Ebadul Karim Bulbul, the managing director of Beacon Pharmaceuticals, has caught COVID-19.He tested positive for the novel coronavirus five days ago, his elder brother and Orion Group Chairman Obaidul Kabir

Niloufer Manzur, founding head of Sunbeams, dies from COVID-19

Niloufer Manzur, founding head of Sunbeams, dies from COVID-19

bdnews24.com : Niloufer Manzur, founding head of Sunbeams school, died in hospital care from the COVID-19 illness, an official of the school, has confirmed.Niloufer, wife of Syed Manzur Elahi, one

India coronavirus: Chaos at airports as domestic flights resume

India coronavirus: Chaos at airports as domestic flights resume

Long queues and chaos greeted passengers at Indian airports as flights resumed two months after they were halted to help stop the spread of coronavirus.Local media said almost 100 flights