The training aircraft crashed in a firing zone of the Air Force in Rasulpur
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 2:50pm.
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: “A F7-PG aircraft took off from Dhaka at around 2:25pm. The aircraft crashed in the Madhupur forest and caught fire, leaving the pilot Wing Commander Arif Ahmed Dipu dead on the spot around 2:50pm.
“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.”
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.”
Fire Service Officer Delwar said the fire was brought under control soon after the crash.
“The victim’s body had been torn apart in the accident and the aircraft broken into pieces,” he said.