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Russia offers assistance to Bangladesh to probe Yak-130 combat trainer crash

July 12, 19:21 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, July 12. /TASS/. Russian specialists are ready to fly shortly to Bangladesh to help probe the crash of a Yak-130 combat training plane of the Bangladeshi Air Force, spokeswoman for Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Maria Vorobyova told TASS on Wednesday.

The Dhaka Tribune earlier reported citing a spokesman for the Bangladeshi Armed Forces that a combat trainer of the country’s Air Force crashed during a training flight near the town of Chittagong. Both pilots were unharmed.

As the paper reported, the Russian-made Yak-130 two-seat plane had crashed. The plane was transferred to the Bangladeshi Air Force as part of a contract signed in 2013 on the delivery of 16 aircraft.

"Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation has been informed about the crash of the Russian-made Yak-130 plane in Bangladesh. According to available information, both pilots ejected. A commission is being promptly set up to investigate the causes of the crash. Russian specialists are ready to fly to the country shortly," the spokeswoman said.

According to the spokeswoman, Bangladesh has confirmed its readiness to provide registering equipment data.

The Yak-130 is a new-generation two-seat combat trainer jet designed for the flight personnel’s combat training and its combat employment in simple and harsh weather conditions against air and ground targets.

By its characteristics, the aircraft is close to the parameters of modern fighter jets with a subsonic speed of flight, which makes it possible to use the plane to train pilots for 4+ and 5 generation warplanes. The Yak-130 is easy in terms of its basing and can land on unequipped sites.

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