Pilot killed in Bangladesh Air Force Chengdu FT-7 crashes in Tangail.
An Air Force training aircraft crashed in Tangail, killing its pilot Wing Commander Arif Ahmed Dipu. The plane
crashed in the Air Force’s Telki Firing Zone in Rasulpur on Friday around 2:50 pm.
ISPR Director Lt Col Alamgir Kabir and Madhupur Fire Service Station Officer Delwar Hossain have confirmed the incident to the Dhaka Tribune. Local fire Service, police and Air Force officials went to the scene to conduct salvage operations shortly after the crash.
Speaking to the correspondent, Lt Col Alamgir Kabir said:
“An F7-PG aircraft took off from Dhaka at around 2:25 pm. The aircraft crashed in the Madhupur forest and caught fire, leaving the pilot Wing Commander Arif Ahmed Dipu dead on the spot around 2:50 pm.
“He hailed from Ishwardi and was commissioned in the air force in 1997. Dipu has a son and a daughter and was 47 years old.”
The aircraft crashed in the Madhupur Sal Forest near BAF Firing Range in Rasulpur, and immediately caught fire, killing the pilot on the spot, Shafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Madhupur Police Station, told our Tangail correspondent.
Members of the air force, police and fire service rushed to the scene after the crash, said the OC.
Air Chief Marshal Mashiuzzaman Serniabat visited the spot following the incident
Meanwhile, Madhupur Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) Ramendra Nath Biswas said: “Bangladesh Air Force was conducting an exercise in Arankhola union from November 22 to 27. The aircraft crashed during a training exercise.”