Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar, chief of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), has inspected the sites where two training aircraft had crash landed in Moheshkhali of Cox’s Bazar.
He inspected the sites from a BAF helicopter Thursday afternoon, Moheshkhali Upazila Nirbahi Officer Abul Kalam Azad told the Dhaka Tribune.
Meanwhile, a 50-member team of Bangladesh Air Force has started a salvage operation to recover the wreckage of two aircraft that crash landed in the area on Wednesday.
The BAF team, divided in multiple groups began the salvage Thursday morning, aided by a team of Cox’s Bazar Fire Service officials.
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“A BAF team, led by Squadron Leader Major Nazmul, started the salvage operation from this morning [Thursday]. Supported by a Cox’s Bazar Fire Service team, the team is searching for aircraft wreckage in the area,” district Fire Service In-Charge Safayet Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune.
Present on the scene, former chairman of Moheshkhali Municipality Sarwar Azam said: “BAF officers arrived here in the morning, and inspected the sites. The salvage operation began soon after.
“Wreckage of the aircraft is currently being kept at the Moheshkhali Model High School premises. The officials concerned will take wreckage to Dhaka once the salvage operation ends.”
According to an ISPR press release, two YAK-130 training planes took off at 5:56pm on Wednesday from
Chittagong’s BAF Base Zahurul Haque and subsequently lost radio contact after 30 minutes.
One of the planes crashed in the Dakkhin Putibila area, while the other crashed in Maizpara Village. Four pilots on board the planes have been rescued alive. Police have beefed up the security in crash sites due to a huge crowd that gathered there out of curiosity.