Nepal Airlines captain held with undeclared USD 93,600 from TIA

KATHMANDU: A senior pilot with the Nepal Airlines Corporation has been arrested with a huge amount of undeclared American dollar from the Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday night.

According to a highly-placed source at the TIA, police arrested senior captain Subarna Awale with USD 93,600 during the final security check to board a flight to Dubai.

Awale was supposed to command the NAC flight, RA 229, to Dubai, scheduled for 11:30pm, when he was caught with the hidden cache of foreign currencies in his hand luggage.

Awale was taken in custody at Gaushala Police Circle and further investigation was underway, a senior police officer told THT Online.

He told police that he was taking out the fortune to send it to his daughter who studies in the United States of America.

The national flag carrier sent captain MM Dangol to fly the passenger aircraft to the destination.