REPORT The captain of a Boeing 787 with 124 passengers onboard suffered a heart attack and died mid-flight

The Captain of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Muscat to Dhaka with 124 passengers onboard suffered a heart attack mid-flight.

Despite the efforts of cabin crew to resuscitate the pilot, he never regained consciousness and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The pilot was identified by local media as Nawshad Ataul Quaiyum, a respected 49-year-old Captain who is survived by his wife, two daughters and son.

The First Officer took control of the aircraft after Quaiyum collapsed during the August 27 flight and requested permission to divert to Nagpur airport in India. The plane landed without incident around 40 minutes after the Captain was initially taken ill.

Cabin crew performed CPR on the pilot and called for a doctor onboard. Despite their best efforts, Quaiyum was later pronounced dead. Local media reported that he was kept on ventilation support until his family members arrived at the hospital.

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