A training aircraft of Bangladesh Flying Club crashed into a potato field in Tanore upazila of Rajshahi on Tuesday.
However, trainer captain Mahfuzur Rahman and trainee Nahid Ershad, who were on the plane, were unharmed.They were rushed to Tanore Upazila Health Complex and given first aid. Witnesses said the S2-AGG (Cessna 152) model training plane crashed during an emergency landing around 2:30pm on Tuesday due to a mechanical fault. On receiving information, Tanore Fire service and police launched a rescue operation. The plane turned completely upside down and fell to the ground. Lots of people are crowding in the village to see the plane crash.
Sources said Bangladesh Flying Club conducts training activities using Shah Makhdum Airport in Rajshahi. The plane took off from this airport on Tuesday afternoon. Then it went to Tanore and fell on the potato field at Lalpur area of Taland union in Tanore upazila of Rajshahi. The plane is lying upside down there.
Abul Kashem, chairman of Tanore’s Taland Union Parishad, said that “We had informed the police and firefighters about the accident. The pilot and occupant were slightly injured. I am at the scene with them.” “They have survived due to the skill of the pilot. The plane was not damaged. Attempts are being made to rescue it” he added. Over phone, Captain Mahfuzur Rahman said, “We are fine. We are on the spot.”
Trainee Nahid Ershad said “The accident took place due to engine failure. The engine oil temperature was rising. We had nothing to do. We were not getting the engine. Even then they managed to land safely by trying to land. We are ok. The aircraft was damaged. However, the engine did not catch fire.”