The body of Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot Captain Nawshad Ataul Kaiyum, who complained of chest pain mid-air and died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in India on Monday, was brought to Dhaka on Thursday morning in a scheduled flight.
The body was brought to Dhaka on a returning flight from Doha at 9:15am, the national flag carrier’s deputy general manager (public relations) Tahera Khandaker told New Age.
She said the flight landed in the Indian city of Nagpur where he died. His body was sent back and arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.
His namaz-e-janaza would be held in the Biman headquarters, Balaka, after zuhr prayers and would be buried in the Banani graveyard.
Captain Nawshad, 45, died in a hospital in Nagpur in India at about 11:00am on Monday.
Pilot Nawshad complained of chest pain when the Biman flight, BG 022, from Muscat to Dhaka with 124 passengers was passing the Indian airspace Friday morning.
The flight, a Boeing 737-800 plane, made an emergency landing at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Nawshad was put on life support soon after he was admitted to a hospital in Nagpur.
Tests showed that he suffered a heart attack and later a brain haemorrhage.
Two pilots from Dhaka rushed to Nagpur and ferried the passengers back to Dhaka early Saturday.
‘We are shocked, shattered and devastated at the loss of our colleague at such a young age. Nawshad was one of the finest pilots. We are now trying to bring his body back,’ said Bangladesh Airlines’ Pilot Association president Captain Mahbubur Rahman.
Nawshad’s father Abdul Kaiyum also served in Biman as pilot and flew DC-10.
-With New Age input