A Bangladeshi Air Force cadet, who force-landed his trainer plane on the Indian side of the border in West Bengal due to bad weather, will be returned to Dhaka, an official said here Thursday.
The cadet, identified as Rashid Sheikh, had taken off on the PT6 trainer aircraft from the Jessore air base of the Bangladeshi Air Force training academy Wednesday evening on a training sortie, an Indian Air Force (IAF) official said.
He was forced to crash land on an agricultural land near Raigrama village in Murshidabad’s Salar area on the Indian side due to bad weather, the official said.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) got the first report of the Bangladeshi trainer aircraft losing contact with the Jessore air traffic control from the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
The cadet sustained minor injuries due to rough landing on an uneven surface and was rescued by the Indian authorities, who rushed him to the Kolkata Command Hospital for medical attention, the official said.
“Now, he will be returned to Bangladesh and the IAF is arranging to take him back to Dhaka on Thursday itself,” the official added.