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First return Hajj flight comes Dhaka 11 hours behind time


The first return Hajj flight arrived in Dhaka nearly 11 hours behind its schedule putting the pilgrims in extreme suffering.
Concerned relatives were also eagerly waiting at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to receive the pilgrims. They expressed their anger over the repeated change in the flight schedule.
The BG 6012 of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying 419 pilgrims was scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at about 9:20am but it reached the airport at 8:30pm.The schedule of first hajj flight has been changed at least four times annoying the pilgrims and their relatives.
Earlier in the afternoon, 620 pilgrims returned home by two regular flights of Saudi Arabian Airlines. Of them, 305 pilgrims reached the airport at 3:30pm and 315 at 4:30pm.
Kabir Al Mamun of Hajj Office IT Help Centre at the airport told The Independent that some 4,000 pilgrims were scheduled to return home by eight hajj flights and two regular flights by 4:00am today.
He admitted that most of the return hajj flights would be delayed because of some reasons.
Asked about the delay of hajj flights, he expressed his ignorance about the reasons since they were not informed about the specific reasons for the delay.
However, returnee pilgrims and hajj office sources said the flight schedules were delayed because of time consuming in collecting luggage of pilgrims and their documents at Saudi Arabian airports during departure.
Tasnim Akhter, public relation officer of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, told journalists that the hajj flights delayed due to failure of pilgrims to report at the airport on time which she termed a regular phenomenon.
This time the problem was accentuated by special circumstances following the stampede and the crane incidents that left several hundreds pilgrims killed and injured many others during the hajj. The incidents left many pilgrims in trauma, she added.
Hajj flights will continue till October 28, said Tasnim.
Over one lakh pilgrims went to Makkah to perform the holy hajj this year.
During the hajj, a total of 117 pilgrims were killed after a crane near the Masjidul Haram was blown away by heavy winds and rains at the initial phase of the hajj.
At least 769 pilgrims were killed in stampede at Mina on September 24 during stone throwing at Satan (Devil). – Staff Reporter


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