>Jessore GOC killed in chopper crash

>GENERAL Officer Commanding (GOC) of 55 Infantry Division and Jessore Area Commander Maj Gen Rafiqul Islam and pilot Lt Col Md Shahidul Islam died as an army helicopter crashed at Rouha of Kalihati upazila in Tangail yesterday morning. (Full report)

Co-pilot of the helicopter Major Saif sustained serious injuries in the accident.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release said the Bell 206 helicopter of Army Aviation crashed after hitting an electric cable around 7:50am.

Locals and witnesses told The Daily Star’s Tangail correspondent that the helicopter first hit an electric line, then crashed into a banyan tree before falling into a pond.

The chopper was heading towards Mymensingh Cantonment from Jessore Cantonment to pick up the GOC of 19 Infantry Division. The helicopter’s final destination was Dhaka Cantonment where the two GOCs were supposed to attend a conference at the Army Headquarters, the ISPR release said.

After the crash, locals recovered the dead and the injured from the wreckage.

An army team from Jamuna Cantonment, an army rescue team from Ghatail Cantonment, an Air Force rescue team from Pahar Kanchanpur Air Force Base, fire service, police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rushed to the spot.


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