ICYMI – Fakhr-e-Alam Is Flying Around The World!
He got detained in Russia, but he is now on his way thanks to Pakistan govt's timely diplomatic efforts!
Fakhr-e-Alam embarked on a journey to become the first Pakistani to circumnavigate the globe on an airplane and he was well on his way. He planned to fly solo in a small turboprop airplane and go 30,000 nautical miles in stages, as he goes around the world.
He called it Mission Parwaaz!
The former singer/TV host set off on his journey from Florida USA on October 10 and has already made touchdowns in multiple cities, including Manchester in New Hampshire USA, Goose Bay Newfoundland, Labrador, Canada and Narsarsuaq in Greenland. He’s aiming to go around the world in 28 days.
But recently he met with some turbulence.
Fakhr-e-Alam contacted a friend and actor Faysal Qureshi, asking him to tweet on his behalf. He said that he hai been detained in Russia and made a plea for assistance.
Msg from fakhar e aalam …Bro please tweet on my behalf. I am being detained at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport because my…Posted by Faysal Quraishi on Sunday, October 28, 2018
Alam had reached Russia on October 29 making his way through Japan on Sunday.
He tweeted while exiting Japan, thanking the local government for opening Chubu Airport after operating hours to make his Mission Parwaaz departure possible.
I am truly grateful to the government of @japan for opening the Chubu airport to make #MissionParwaaz departure possible outside operating hours. I am truly honored and don’t have enough words to thank you. pic.twitter.com/f9KMWJojy4— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) October 28, 2018
The Foreign Office Came Through for Alam
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has directed Tehmina Janjua, the Pakistan Embassy in Russia and other government offices in Russia to look into the matter and provide Fakhr-e-Alam the required help urgently.
And it appears that their efforts are bearing fruit. Alam tweeted from Russian airport at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk a day earlier, saying that has been granted a new visa. He is ready to continue his “Mission Parwaz”.
#MissionParwaaz update 11am local time. I have just received a new visa. I am now preparing the airplane and ready to go to Petropavovask airport. Thank you to all of my friends, well wishers the Pakistan government and the Russian authorities. The flag continues its journey.— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) October 30, 2018
The Journey Continues…
Other countries where he will be making a pit stop included Philippines, Taiwan, South Japan, North Japan, the Pacific Bay, Russia and Alaska and then back to the US.
The across-the-world journey was expected to take 55 days, but now it seems that it may just take longer. The journey has already been delayed. other factors that may affect it’s duration include the weather conditions and airspace availability.
Other attempts at flying around the world have taken upto 200 hours, but Alam during his training cut the duration down to 100 hours. So, he just might be able to make a world record despite delays.