BAF copter makes emergency landing at Sreemangal
All aboard safe
Published : Thursday, 4 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 920
An MI-171 helicopter of Bangladesh Air Force made an emergency landing inside the camp of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Sreemangal in Moulavibazar on Wednesday morning.
The helicopter took off from Tejgaon BAF base at 9:20am with 16 passengers and made an emergency landing due to a technical glitch about 100 feet away from the BGB helipad at about 10:45am, the military's PR wing ISPR said.
The Air Force helicopter was carrying Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khuder, Kuwait's military chief of staff, and members of his delegation.
The two pilots of the helicopter, Wing Commander Omar and Flight Lieutenant Mehedi, and all passengers emerged safely from the helicopter after the emergency landing.
However, according to KM Nazrul Islam, Officer-in-Charge of Sreemangal Police Station, the helicopter descended on a tin shed at the BGB camp and injured four.
Two foreign nationals were among the injured and admitted to Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital, while the other two were taken to the BGB Hospital, a Sadar Hospital doctor told a local news agency.
Sreemangal BGB Sector Commander Abdullah Al Mamun refused to give further details regarding the accident. "We will inform you in a press release later on," he said.
Four people, including the pilot and foreign passengers, were injured during the emergency landing and they were being treated at Sreemangal Health Complex, said the resident medical officer of the Complex, Dr Md Mohsin.
When contacted, Rezaul Karim, Assistant Director of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said the MI-171helicopter of Bangladesh Air Force made the emergency landing near the helipad inside the BGB camp in Sreemangal around 10:45am.
On Wednesday evening, the Kuwaiti military chief of staff flanked by the Bangladesh Army Chief of Staff and Chief of Air Staff at a press conference at La Meridian Hotel in the city expressed his satisfaction with the rescue efforts of the Bangladesh Army personnel and the locals at Sreemangal crash site. He told journalists that he and the members of his delegation are safe.
Meanwhile, the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA reported that the BAF helicopter, which made an emergency landing in Sreemangal, was carrying Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al-Khuder, Kuwait's military chief of staff, and members of his delegation.
Heavy fog obscured the pilot's vision, causing the helicopter to come in contact with tree tops before landing on the designated site, KUNA said citing a statement from the country's defence ministry.
In another development, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah made a phone call to Khaled Al-Khuder. During the phone call, the Emir inquired about the health of the chief of staff and his delegation following the incident, according to KUNA.