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Pilot killed in crash of Bangladesh Air Force jet
Apr 8, 2012, 10:33 GMT
Dhaka - An aircraft used for training by the Bangladesh Air Force crashed in a marshland of central Tangail district Sunday leaving its pilot dead, officials said.
The Yugoslav-made L-39 light attack training craft crashed near Madhupur sub-district, some 80 kilometres north-west of the capital Dhaka a few minutes after it took off from Kurmitola airbase at 12.20 pm (0620 GMT), said Noor Islam, assistant director of the Inter Service Public Relations Department.
Reza Sharif, the pilot of the aircraft, succumbed to his injured after he was rushed to the Combined Military Hospital, said Lieutenant Colonel Ziaul Hasan.
Co-pilot Squadron Leader Mamun, who managed to eject from the craft before it smashed into the paddy field, was also admitted to hospital, he added.
A large number of local people crowded the scene where the training aircraft crashed as members of the army, air force and fire service and civil defence began a rescue operation, said district police officer M A Masud.
The authorities have launched an investigation into the mishap.
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