Two Air Force training jets ‘collide mid-air’ - Bangladesh

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Two Air Force training jets ‘collide mid-air’ in Cox’s Bazar, all four pilots safe
Senior Correspondent and Cox’s Bazar Correspondent, bdnews24.com

Published: 2017-12-27 19:46:47.0 BdST Updated: 2017-12-27 23:58:34.0 BdST


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Two training planes of Bangladesh Air Force have crashed in the island of Maheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar but their pilots have survived.

The military’s press wing, the Inter Services Public Relation Directorate or ISPR said all four pilots on board the two Yak-130 aircraft, which crashed around 6:30pm on Wednesday, were rescued alive.

“The reason behind the accident is still unknown, but the rescue operation is still on-going,” it said around 9:15pm.

The Russian-made Yakovlev Yak-130 is a subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer and light-attack aircraft or lead-in fighter trainer.

An Air Force source told bdnews24.com that it was a midair collision between two aircraft.

Earlier, the district’s Additional Superintendent of Police Afrajul Haque Tutul told bdnews24.com they had heard an Air Force training plane crashed at Putibila.

When the rescue operation began, Lt Col Rashidul Hasan, a director at the ISPR, told bdnews24.com that a training plane of the Air Force had lost contact with the control room.

Akash Dev, a resident of Maheshkhali’s Gorokghata, told bdnews24.com they heard a loud bang in the evening and then saw a huge fire in an empty field behind some houses.

A huge number of onlookers gathered at the scene as the fire crew arrived in the area soon after the incident and started to douse the fire.

Another unit of the Fire Service in Cox’s Bazar started for Maheshkhali by boat at the time.

Fire Service Director General Brig Gen Ali Ahmed Khan said he had heard that two training planes of the Air Force crashed in Maheshkhali.

“We are working there and coordinating with other agencies. We are yet to get the details,” he added.

Maheshkhali Upazila Executive Officer or UNO Md Abdul Kalam told bdnews24.com’s Chittagong Bureau by telephone that he had been told that fire was reported in two places.

“I am not sure whether these were debris of only one plane or two,” he added.

https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/12/27/air-force-training-plane-crashes-in-coxs-bazar-rescue-operation-under-way
 

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That is quite a number. Poor maintenance or human error either way BAF should go for the JF-17 or consider f-16 anything away from Russia.
 

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That is quite a number. Poor maintenance or human error either way BAF should go for the JF-17 or consider f-16 anything away from Russia.
No one else seems to have such issue in % terms with Yak-130 though....this early in lifetime too.

BAF should look strongly into its training and safety protocols.
 

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No one else seems to have such issue in % terms with Yak-130 though....this early in lifetime too.

BAF should look strongly into its training and safety protocols.
This is the worrying part, these aircrafts are new, lives could have been lost, not only those of the crew, but innocent people on the ground.
 
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