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2 BAF squadron leaders killed in Jashore aircrash 


Sunday 01 July, 2018 10:56:02 pm

2 BAF squadron leaders killed in Jashore aircrash 

Photo: UNB

Jashore, July 1 (UNB) – Two pilots of the rank of Squadron Leader of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) were killed as the  K-8W training aircraft they were flying in crashed into a water body in Sadar upazila on Sunday night.

Squadron Leader Md Serajul Islam and Sqn Ldr Enayet Kabir Polash had taken off from BAF Base Matiur Rahman on a night training mission with the Chinese-made K-8W, confirmed Rezaul Karim Shammee, Assistant Director of ISPR.

Two of the BAF’s K-8W intermediate trainers. Photo: Defense World

Manager at Jessore Airport Alamgir Pathan told UNB that the aircraft crashed into the Bukbhora Baor of Faridpur village around 9:20pm, shortly after taking off from the BAF Base Matiur Rahman.

A rescue mission is underway and a high level committee has been formed for an inquiry, added ISPR  assistant director.

Officer-in-Charge of Kotwali Police Station Abul Bashar Miah said police and firefighters rushed to the spot.

Prior to the crash, the BAF already operated nine K-8Ws, an intermediate jet trainer and light attack aircraft popular in developing countries, and placed an order last month for another 23 from China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC, part of the Chinese state corporation AVIC).