Bangladesh Air Force F-7BG Fighter Aircraft Crashes Killing Pilot

A Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) F-7BG fighter aircraft has crashed in Tangail’s Madhupur Upazila on Nov. 23 killing its lone pilot.

The deceased pilot has been identified as Wing Commander Arif Ahmed Dipu. Arif, a father of two from Pabna’s Ishwardi, was commissioned in the BAF in 1997.

The F7 training aircraft crashed at the Telki Firing Zone at Rasulpur in the district around 3pm on Friday, the country’s Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) said in a statement. The aircraft took off from Dhaka for a training mission at around 2:25pm.

The aircraft reportedly crashed in the Madhupur Sal Forest near BAF Firing Range in Rasulpur, and immediately caught fire. The ISPR could not immediately confirm the cause of the accident.

F-7 is the export variant of Chengdu J-7, the Chinese license-built version of the Soviet-era MiG-21 interceptor aircraft.

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