Pilot dies in Bangladesh plane crash
Apr 9, 2007 - 7:31:35 PM

Dhaka, April 9 - A training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force crashed in Jessore district of western Bangladesh Monday, leaving a cadet pilot killed.

A release of the Inter-Service Pubic Relation said the pilot started flying a PT-6 - aircraft from Jessore Airport at 12 noon - Monday.

'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 12:40 p.m. -, the release said.

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.

The killed pilot was identified as flight cadet Faisal Mahmud, 30.

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 ascertain the cause of the tragic accident.

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