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BAF training aircraft crashes in Cox's Bazar

BAF training aircraft crashes in Cox's Bazar

News Report A training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has crashed in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox's Bazar on Wednesday evening. Assistant Director of Inter Services Public Relations Rezaul Karim said a Yeak-8 type BAF training aircraft remained disconnected from the radar since 6:15pm. However, all pilots of the training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) have been rescued alive. An Air Force source said it was a midair collision between two aircraft. "We're not yet sure about its fate," he said, adding that a search is on to trace the aircraft. Meanwhile, the inspector (Investigation) of Maheshkhali Police Station said locals informed them that two burning portions of aircraft slammed on the ground - one at Putivilla village and another at Jaliapara village.Firefighters were working to douse the blaze, he said, adding that it was not clear what caused the crash. "We're not sure whether there was a midair collision between two aircraft or the two portions of a single aircraft fell onto the ground," he said. The district's Additional Superintendent of Police Afrajul Haque Tutul told bdnews24.com they heard an Air Force training plane crashed at Putibila around 6:45pm on Wednesday. An Air Force source said it was a midair collision between two aircraft. No casualties were reported immediately. "We are going to the scene. We can't say how much damage we'll see there," ASP Afrajul said. Lt Col Rashidul Hasan, a director at the Inter Services Public Relations Directorate or ISPR, told bdnews24.com that a training plane of the Air Force lost contact with the control room. "The rescue operation has begun," he said and added details would be made available later. Fire Service Director General Brig Gen Ali Ahmed Khan said he heard that two training planes of the Air Force crashed in Maheshkhali. "We are working there and coordinating with other agencies to know whether any casualties happened or someone survived," he added.

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