The airport armed police battalion recovered 280 pieces of gold bars from a Fly Dubai flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. (Photo: Demotix.com)
An aircraft cleaning crew found 280 gold bars with more than $1
million inside the toilet of a plane belonging to Middle East discount
The Daily Mail of London says
"cleaners stumbled across the bullion when they were cleaning the
plane's bathroom" last week after the jet flew from Dubai to the
Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.
PHOTOS: Shots of the confiscated gold (Demotix.com)
Armed police were called onto the aircraft, where they seized the 70-pound stash of gold. The Daily Mail estimates the bars' value at £1.17 million -- or about $1.9 million.
The Daily Mail
writes "custom officials said they knew the bars were on board and
believe the person carrying them sensed there was a police presence and
abandoned the gold in the toilet of the aircraft before fleeing the
It's not the first time a gold-smuggling attempt has been reported at Dhaka. The Daily Mail
says "more than 100 hauls" have been seized at the airport just in the
past eight months, netting authorizes about 660 pounds of gold and other
Also last week, The Daily Star
newspaper of Bangladesh says officials at the Dhaka airport arrested a
35-year-old passenger arriving from Thailand on charges that he had 2
pound's worth of gold hidden in his laptop's battery charger.
Elsewhere in the region, Arabian Business
adds "earlier this month, authorities at India's Chennai Airport seized
32kg of gold bars ... hidden in the toilet of a plane also flying from