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Biman pilot Nawshad passes away

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  • 31 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Biman pilot Nawshad passes away

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Biman pilot Captain Nawshad Ataul Quaiyum, who suffered a heart attack in midair on way to Dhaka from Muscat before the flight’s emergency landing in India, died at a hospital in the neighbouring country on Monday morning. He was 44.

He breathed his last at 11am. He had been on life support since he was admitted to the Kingsway Hospital in Nagpur.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Captain Nawshad.

In a message of condolence, the premier prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.      Angiogram showed that the pilot’s heart suffered around 70 percent blockage in its two blood vessels. He also suffered brain hemorrhage. He was in coma, Subharjit Dasgupta, director of the hospital, said. 

The hospital authority on Sunday asked permission of his family members to remove his ventilation support but his two sisters, who arrived in Nagpur, told them to continue keeping him on life support.

Born in 1977, Captain Nawshad Ataul Quaiyum joined Biman Bangladesh Airlines in September 2002. He started as a first officer of A310 and Boeing 777. Later, he became pilot of Boeing 737.

His father, Abdul Quaiyum, who died six months ago, was also a captain of the national flag carrier.

Nawshad left his wife, two daughters, a son and a host of relatives and well wishers to mourn his death.

He was flying Biman flight BG-022 carrying 124 passengers on Friday morning when he fell ill.

His co-pilot contacted Kolkata’s Air Traffic Control and the Boeing 737-800 managed to make an emergency landing at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur where an ambulance was waiting to take him to the hospital.

Captain Nawshad was well reputed for his professional excellence. Five years ago, on December 22, 2016 he saved life of 149 passengers, 2 pilots and 7 crews while making an emergency landing of a Biman flight BG-122 safely at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka after a tire of the Chattogram-bound Boeing 737-800 from Muscat was damaged.

Following this incident, the Acting President of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), Captain Ron Abel, sent a letter of appreciation to Captain Nawshad and congratulated him.