India sends back Bangladesh Air Force pilot
Flight Cadet Rasheed Sheikh of the BAF was flown back to Dhaka today evening from Kolkata in an AN-32 transport aircraft, Sqn Ldr Priya Joshi, IAF spokesperson, said here.
Rasheed had taken off from Bangladesh Air Force Academy, based in Jessore, for a routine training sortie on a PT-6 trainer aircraft.
"The plane was caught in bad weather and the pilot had to force-land his plane on the Indian side in a paddy field 60 kilometers from the Indo-Bangladesh border in Murshidabad district's Salar village," the officials said.
Soon he was picked in an IAF chopper and taken for a preliminary medical check up at the Kolkata's Command Hospital as he had sustained minor injuries and bruises due to the impact of the force-landing, Joshi added.
The incident was reported first by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel who had seen the plane drifting towards the Indian side. They were also informed by their counterparts in Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
The BAF trainee pilot of the PT6 2-seater was caught in a storm after straying into Indian airspace and made the emergency landing at Raigram village near Salar yesterday and the pilot had stayed at the circuit house last night, Murshidabad District Magistrate Rajeev Kumar said.
He was safe and in good health, the DM said.
Kumar said Ali was the only occupant of the aircraft. According to earlier reports, there were two people in the plane.
Source: Press Trust of India / New Delhi April 26, 2012 (business-standard.com)
Photo: Bangladesh - Air Force Antonov AN-32 S3-ACA transport aircraft (Tibor Mészáros / PlanePictures.Net)
• Bangladesh Signs Contract With Russia to Buy 5 Mi-171Sh Helicopters
Bangladesh has signed a contract with Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport for the purchase of five Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters produced by the Russian Helicopt...>>
• Bangladesh Plans to Buy 24 Russian Yak-130 Jet Trainers
Bangladesh is planning to buy 24 Yak-130 Mitten jet trainers on $1 billion credit from Russia, Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday....>>
• Bangladesh: $1b Arms Deal with Russia
All rules followed. Army tells press, insists highest level of transparency ensured...>>
• L-15, Yak-130 Jet Trainers Compete for Asian Buyers
Bangladesh and Vietnam are close to buying the Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced jet trainer, according to Russia’s weapons exporter, Rosoboronexport, but in other Asian countries the airc...>>
• Bangladesh Wants Four Refurbished C-130Es for $180M
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bangladesh to provide regeneration, overhaul, modifications...>>
• India sends back Bangladesh Air Force pilot
Flight Cadet Rasheed Sheikh of the BAF was flown back to Dhaka today evening from Kolkata in an AN-32 transport aircraft, Sqn Ldr Priya Joshi, IAF spokesperson, said here. ...>>