A Dhaka-bound flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Muscat made an emergency landing at an airport in India’s Nagpur on Friday after its pilot suffered a heart attack mid-air.
Dr Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal, managing director and CEO of the national flag carrier, said the Boeing 737 aircraft with around 124 passengers on board was scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:30am.
At that critical juncture, the flight was reportedly near Raipur in India and it contacted the Kolkata ATC for emergency landing. The Kolkata ATC advised emergency landing at the nearest airport which was Nagpur.
The flight landed at 11:40am at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur after establishing necessary contacts.
All the passengers were given food and other necessary assistance by the Indian authorities, the Biman MD said.
Captain Nawshad was admitted to a local hospital. After initial medical check-up, doctors said he was doing fine.
A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying pilots and crew members was scheduled to fly to the Nagpur airport on Friday night to bring back the stranded passengers.