Ref: A training aircraft crashed into the River Jamuna at Agshimulia Chhola village in Chouhali upazila on Saturday, leaving its pilot out of trace.
Copilot Shamsuddin Mia was rescued while pilot Kamrul Hasan was still missing, official and local sources said.
Chouhali thana OC Aminul Islam said an aircraft (B-152) of Dhaka’s Flying Club plunged into the Jamuna waters at about 12 noon.
The UNO of the upazila, Saiful Islam Bhuiyan, said Shamsuddin was rescued unhurt at about 12:20pm from the river.
Sirajganj ASP Mohammad Delwar Hossain Sayeedi told banglanews, “The aircraft with two pilots took off from Agargaon Flying Club in the capital at about 10am. But the communication between the pilots and the Flying Club was cut off after 10:30am.”
He said the pilots were flying from Dhaka to Sirajganj to visit Bangabandhu Bridge. The aircraft nosedived into the water as the pilot lost his control on their way back to Dhaka, he said.
“Sensing imminent danger, copilot Shamsuddin jumped into the river. His condition is now well,” said the police official.
But what happened to Kamrul Hasan was not known yet, and the plane also could not be located under water of the mighty river, now flowing down fast. Local people feared he could not come out of the aircraft.
On September 23 this year, a fighter jet of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) crashed into the River Karnaphuli near Patenga Boat Club in Chittagong. The pilot parachuted out and escaped unhurt.
Two pilots were injured when a training aircraft of the Air Force crashed at Bogra Radar station on October 22 while on June 16 another fighter plane crashed into the confluence of the Karnaphuli River. But the pilot escaped unhurt by parachuting.
Meanwhile, a joint team of police and army started rescue operation in the Jamuna River at about 4:30pm.
The team recovered a broken wing of the aircraft, two seats, a wheel, one earphone set, two bags and two pairs of shoes in a massive continuing search till 6pm.
A seven-member divers’ team of 98 combined brigade led by Major Yunus Kabir is conducting the rescue operation while another team from Rajshahi also reached the scene.