A special flight carrying 242 Bangladesh citizens who were stranded in the US amid the coronavirus pandemic departed for Bangladesh from Washington Dulles International Airport on May 15.
The chartered A 350-900 Airbus of Qatar Airways took off at 11:04pm (Washington local time).
The aircraft is scheduled to land at Doha International Airport at 7:00pm (Doha time) on May 16 for a stopover.
The flight is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 4:00am (Bangladesh local time) tomorrow, according to the Bangladesh embassy in the US and airport officials here.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Mohammad Ziauddin saw off the passengers and wished them a safe flight, the embassy said in a release.
The travelling passengers mostly include Bangladeshi students studying in different colleges and universities in the US, Bangladeshi citizens who came to America as tourists and on business and some government and non-government officials.
The passengers also include 49 school and college students who came to the US under an Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) programme.