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Salvage operation of crashed air force plane continues in Jessore

  • Published at 07:16 pm July 2nd, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:28 pm July 2nd, 2018
Wreckage of the K-8W traning aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force salvaged from the Bookbhora oxbow lake in Jessore's Sadar upazila on Monday, July 2, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The K-8W aircraft went down on Sunday night in an oxbow lake in the district’s Sadar upazila

The salvage operation of a trainer aircraft of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) from a water body in Jessore’s Sadar upazila is still underway.

The rescue-turned-salvage operation started soon after the Chinese-made K-8W aircraft crashed with a deafening soundinto the Bookbhora oxbow lake at Deyara union, killing both pilots, near the Jessore Airport Sunday night.

BAF Squadron Leader Sirajul Islam, left, and Squadron Leader Enayet Kabir Polash | Collected

The incident took place around 9:06pm on Sunday, according to the Inter Services Public Relation Directorate (ISPR).

It said the plane had crashed just 15 minutes after taking off from the BAF Base Matiur Rahman.

A BAF rescue helicopter from Chittagong arrived at the scene around 4:30pm Monday and joined the efforts to salvage the wreckage of the plane and the remains of the pilots.

The operation, however, was suspended around 7pm and is expected to resume at 9am Tuesday, said Fire Service and Civil Defence’s Jessore Station Assistant Director Parimal Kundu.

Bangladesh Air Force officials lead local fishermen during attempts to rescue two pilots of a training aircraft that crashed into the Bookbhora oxbow lake in Jessore's Sadar upazila on July 1, 2018 | Focus Bangla

Squadron Leader Md Serajul Islam and Squadron Leader Enayet Kabir Polash were flying the plane during a night training mission when it went down, ISPR Assistant Director Rezaul Karim Shammee told UNB.

Earlier around 3pm, Somoy TV’s Jessore Correspondent Jewel Mridha, quoting BAF Squadron Leader Mahadi, from the scene said 10 divers of Fire Service and Bangladesh Navy were part of the operation that was led by a special search and rescue team of the air force.

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Mahadi told reporters that their salvage work would be completed quickly with the helicopter joining the efforts.

He said the plane’s engine and a major portion of the wreckage were still submerged in the lake.

Locals of Jessore Sadar upazila's Deyara union taking part in the recovery of a crashed training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force in the Bookbhora lake on July 1, 2018 | Dhaka Tribune

Meanwhile, Fire Service official Parimal Kundu said they have managed to recover the heads of both pilots, parts of their limbs and ribcages, among other body parts, till Monday afternoon.

He also added that 60% of the debris was also salvaged from the lake, which is adjacent to Faridpur village.

ISPR said the air force has already formed a high level committee to probe into the reasons behind the crash.

Pilots buried with full military honour

Namaj-e-janaza of the two pilots of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) was held at the big top hanger of BAF base Bashar in Dhaka Cantonment yesterday afternoon.

Chief of Bangladesh Army General Aziz Ahmed, Chief of Bangladesh Navy Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, Chief of Bangladesh Air Force Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabet, Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman, senior officials of Armed Forces and civil and military members attended the janaza alongside close relatives of the deceased, according to an ISPR press release.

The two pilots were buried at BAF Shaheen graveyard with full military honour.