Dhaka, Bangladesh
Copter crashes in Rajshahi

Copter crashes in Rajshahi

Faridur Reza, cultural troupe escape close call

News Report A Channel i Managing Director Faridur Reza Sagar and his cultural troupe members escaped a close call as their private helicopter crashed in Rajshahi Thursday. Sources said the Impress Aviation helicopter crashed in Godagari in Rajshahi with Sagar and five others on board moments after takeoff from the frontier upazila. Sagar and four others received first aid as their injuries were 'minor', according to a report published by the private broadcaster's news website. Singer Ferdous Ara and Farzana Brownia, chief of Shornokishoree Network Foundation, were travelling with Sagar on the helicopter. The copter came down crashing when it was flying back to Dhaka after a programme of Shornokishoree Network Foundation at a school in Godagari. The Foundation promotes adolescent health. The celebrities went to Anwara Fahim Ziauddin Pilot Girls High School to attend a programme of felicitation for girls having outstanding results. The S2-AHW helicopter took off from the Godagari helipad at 2.35pm, local police said. "But the pilot lost control and the helicopter crashed beside a nearby under-construction building," the sources said in a spot account of the air crash. Police and firemen rescued the passengers and took them to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer's office. Sagar, Rafiqul Islam, Tufan Ali and Sumon Ali received first aid. "The chopper crashed due to bad weather," the pilot, Syed Saker Ali, was quoted as saying. The day's weather was inclement as a cyclone over the Bay of Bengal, nicknamed Titli, swept Bangladesh coasts and crossed into neighbouring Indian states. "We are investigating the reason behind the crash," said Mahir Uddin, chief engineer of Impress Aviation. (Inputs taken from bdnews24.com, media reports)

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