April 15, 2007

Airforce training aircraft crashes: Pilot killed

JESSORE, Apr 9: A training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force crashed at Nawapara village in Abhoynagar upazila Monday, killing its pilot, reports UNB.The ill-fated trainee officer of the airforce was identified as flight-cadet Faisal Mahmud, 30, hailed from Kathalia upazila of Jhalakati.

An ISPR release said Faisal started flying a PT-6 (Primary Trainer-6) aircraft from Jessore Airport at 12:00 noon. “After flying nearly half an hour, the plane suddenly caught fire” and plunged into a bamboo cluster near the police outpost in the area at about 12:40pm.

An eyewitness account said, “The lone pilot on board, who failed to come out of the plane in tailspin, died instantly in the accident.”

On hearing about the plane crash, a “Search and Rescue” helicopter of the Air Force, carrying medical and technical crew, flew in to the spot.

Later Air Chief Air Vice-Marshal Shah M Ziur Rahman visited the scene and directed the concerned authorities to take necessary measures.

A three-member high-level committee has been formed to fix the cause of the tragic accident.

Source: www.bangladesh-web.com

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