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Biman pilot Nawshad laid to eternal rest
Staff Correspondent

2nd September, 2021 10:46:26
Fellow colleagues carry the coffin of Biman pilot Captain Nawshad Ataul Quaiyum, who passed away in India following a mid-air heart attack, after it (the coffin) arrives at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the capital on Thursday. —SUN photo

Captain Nawshad Ataul Quaiyum, a pilot of Biman Bangladesh Airlines who died on August 30 while undergoing treatment in India after suffering a heart attack in mid air, was laid to eternal rest at his mother’s grave in Banani Graveyard on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier, BG-026 flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the mortal remains of late pilot reached Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:15am on the day.

Captain Nawshad’s colleagues brought down the body from the aircraft.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, Biman Bangladesh Airlines Managing Director Dr Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal, Bangladesh Airline Pilots’ Association (BAPA) President captain Mahbubur Rahman, top officials of the civil aviation ministry, Biman, CAAB and leaders of BAPA, among others, were present at the airport and placed floral wreaths on his coffin.

Over fifty of Biman pilots paid their last salute to their deceased colleague opening their hats.

Then Captain Nawshad’s body was taken to his Uttara residence where his family members and relatives saw their loved one for the last time.

Later, his first namaz-e-janaza was  held at Balaka Bhaban and second namaz-e-janaza at Banani Graveyard before his burial at 3pm on the day.

Captain Nawshad, who suffered a massive heart attack in mid-air while piloting a Muscat-Dhaka flight, died on Monday in a hospital in India at the age of 44.

The pilot of the national airliner was in deep coma with ventilation support soon after he was admitted to the Kingsway Hospital in Nagpur following emergency landing of BG-022 on August 27. 

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