Bangladesh Air Force pilot airlifted to Kolkata
Kolkata: A Bangladesh Air Force plane, flown by a cadet pilot, made an emergency landing in Murshidabad district in Bengal last evening. Air Cadet Rashid, who made the emergency landing, has been flown to Kolkata by the Indian Air Force (IAF). He will be given a medical examination in Kolkata and if he is declared fit, he will be flown to Dhaka in an IAF aircraft.
The two-seater Bangladesh plane took off from an airbase in Jessore in Bangladesh yesterday. Initially officials feared that flight may have crashed, but it was discovered later that the aircraft had entered the Indian air space and made an emergency landing in West Bengal.
"According to initial reports, the pilot apparently lost direction and entered the Indian skyline after it took off from an airbase in Jessore (frontier)," a senior police official, on condition of anonymity, told PTI.
According to reports, the aeroplane couldn't handle the strong winds and landed in a field in Murshidabad. Officials suspect that the plane might have also ran out of fuel.
According to reports, the two-seater Bangladesh Air Force plane has suffered minor damages.
Source: Kolkata / Reported by Monideepa Banerjee | April 26, 2012 (http://www.ndtv.com)
Photo: The Bangladesh Air Force two-seater Nanchang PT-6AI trainer aircraft. (ndtv.com) Dhaka Zia Int'l Airport - VGZR (Photo by karib ahmed /jetphotos.net)