Bangladesh Air Force Yak-130 Combat Trainer Crashes

Bangladesh Air Force Yakovlev Yak-130 “Mitten” combat trainer crashed at Lohagora in Chittagong, southeastern Bangladesh with no casualties, according to local media reports.

The aircraft crashed at 2.15 PM local time during planned flights after technical difficulties. The plane had taken off from BAF Base Zahurul Haque in Chittagong at 2pm. The crashed aircraft had reportedly entered service in 2015.

Bangladesh is the third export customer for the Russian made Yak-130, which features a re-programmable flight control system able to emulate behavior and handling qualities of various types. It has a secondary role as a light attack aircraft.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash.

The BAF had operated a total of 16 Yak-130UBS advanced jet trainers/light attack aircraft including the one involved in the crash.

Yakovlev Yak-130

Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) is a subsonic two-seat advanced trainer aircraft originally developed by Yakovlev and Aermacchi. It has also been marketed as a potential light attack aircraft.

Development of the plane began in 1991 and the maiden flight was conducted on 25 April 1996. In 2002, it won a Russian government tender for training aircraft and in 2009 the aircraft entered service with the Russian Air Force.

As an advanced training aircraft, the Yak-130 is able to replicate the characteristics of several 4+ generation fighters as well as the fifth-generation Sukhoi PAK FA. It can also perform light-attack and reconnaissance duties, carrying a combat load of 3,000 kg.

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