An-26 plane crashes off Bangladesh coast, Russian pilot dead



A Russian pilot was killed as a cargo plane crashed into the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazaar district on Wednesday, TASS reports.

The plane crashed into the Bay of Bengal at around 9.30 a.m. local time (0400GMT) several minutes after taking off from the Cox’s Bazar airport. The aircraft, en route to Jessore, southwestern Bangladesh, “fell without any reasons,” a manager at the airport said.

Local fishermen found two men who were in a critical condition. One of them died of injuries in hospital. Doctors are fighting for the life of the second man. Rescuers and police are searching for the two other crew members.

Local media reports said the plane was used for carrying shrimps and other seafood. The aircraft was owned by Bismillah Airlines and operated by True Aviation.

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