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Trainee pilot killed in plane crash

42A female trainee pilot died and an instructor was injured while a training aircraft of a flying institute crashed at Shah Makhdum Airport in Rajshahi yesterday afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Tamanna Rahman Hridi (22), a trainee pilot of Bangladesh Flying Academy. Police recovered her body and sent it to the Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsy.
She was a resident of Nikunja-2 area in the capital. Tamanna’s trainer, Lt Col (rtd) Sayeed Kamal, was first admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Rajshahi with severe burn injuries. Later, Kamal was taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital as his condition deteriorated further.
Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Shah Makhdum Police Station, said Tamanna was learning how to fly with her instructor on a Bangladesh Flying Academy Aircraft (Cessna D152). But the aircraft suddenly caught fire during take-off around 2.30pm and crashed near the runway of Shah Makhdum Airport.
Tamanna was killed on the spot and Kamal was severely injured. Several parts of the aircraft, including its fans and engine, were gutted and twisted.
After the incident, senior officials of the local administration, including Rajshahi deputy commissioner Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury, police and RAB visited the spot. They asked the authorities concerned to find out the reason behind the crash.
Enamul Kabir, senior sub-inspector of Civil Aviation Limited, pointed out the possibility of a technical fault behind the accident. However, the Civil Aviation Authorities of Bangladesh (CAAB) formed a four-member probe committee to find out the reason behind the accident and the committee was directed to submit its report by the next three days. Members of the committee have reached Rajshahi, confirmed a CAAB official.