Afghan aviation authorities have filed an official complaint against two members of parliament after a Bamiyan-bound flight they missed was forced to return to the capital when a group of men prevented the plane from landing, BBC report.
Kam Air flight RQ-814 took off from Kabul on Tuesday with 30 passengers on board – but without Bamiyan MPs Ghulam Hussain Naseri and Abdul Rahman Shaheedani, who were booked on the 8am flight.
According to local media reports, Shaheedani’s son, a police officer at the Bamiyan airport, had a role in disrupting the flight’s landing by converging with other officers on the runway and forcing the plane to fly back to Kabul.
After the aircraft returned to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, the two politicians were able to board the flight. Footage obtained by Al Jazeera shows Shaheedani inside the plane, just before its second departure, saying: “Everyone will now know who I am and what my power is.”
Mahmoud Shah Habibi, head of the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority, called the incident “a complete breach of security” that violated Afghan and international aviation law.
“We have filed an official complaint against the MPs and an investigation is under way,” he told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.
“Whatever happened there, Kam Air should not had come under pressure and contacted the relevant people.”
Local media organisation, Tolonews, reported on Wednesday that at least five senior security officials were arrested over the illegal diversion of the flight. Shaheedani’s son was among those arrested.
The provincial government said in a statement that the commander of Bamiyan airport’s border police, six border police officers and the regional security chief were being questioned in connection to the incident.