Updated May 10th, 2024 at 07:36 IST

Bangladesh Air Force Training Aircraft Crashes Into River, Pilot Killed

A pilot was killed and another injured after a training aircraft of the Bangladesh Air Force crashed.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Pilot killed after Bangladesh training aircraft nosedives, crashes into river | Image:Video Screengrab
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Dhaka: A pilot was killed and another was injured after a trainer jet of the Bangladesh Air Force (YAK130) crashed into the Karnaphuli River in Chattogram on Thursday. The deceased pilot was identified as squadron leader Asim Jawad.

“A YAK 130 training fighter of the Bangladesh Air Force crashed at Patenga in Chattogram due to mechanical failure,” said a statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

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The aircraft crashed around 11 am (local time) into the Karnaphuli River and landed near the Boat Club in Patenga, said Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) Port Zone Deputy Commissioner Shakila Sultana.

Wing Commander Sohan Hasan Khan and squadron leader Jawad managed to eject from the jet. The two pilots, who deplaned by parachute, were taken to the Combined Military Hospital. The ISPR said squadron leader Asim Jawad, 32, died while undergoing treatment at a Navy hospital.

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A video of the incident showing the rear of the aircraft on fire as it nosedived has surfaced online. The aircraft is seen making almost a circle before it crashed into the river as parts of the jet fell apart bit by bit.

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Divers, firefighters, and sailors of different ships stationed at the river port were working to find the wreckage of the crashed plane, the official said. Meanwhile, the BAF has formed a committee to probe the accident.

Chattogram Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shakila Sultana confirmed the matter. Co-pilot Wing Commander Sohan, who sustained injuries in the incident, is undergoing treatment at the hospital, she said. 

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Published May 10th, 2024 at 07:36 IST