Dhaka, September 16 (NIA): Bangladeshi all rounder Shakib Al Hasan, had a miraculous escape when the helicopter which dropped him at a resort for an advertisement shoot crashed on its return journey on Friday.
“I’m fine” Shakib told Rabeed Imam, media manager of the Bangladesh Cricket Board over the phone.
The ace all-rounder flew to Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort, near Inani sea-beach, for a television commercial shoot, The Daily Star said.
After Shakib landed at his destination at 9:30 am, the chopper took off with four passengers but crashed around 10:30am at Redu Khal area near Inani sea-beach. One person was killed and four others were injured.
The deceased is Shah Alam, 32, of Rajapur Tetulia village of Kaliganj Upazila in Satkhira. He was an accountant at the advertising company Ogilvy Bangladesh.
The injured took primary treatment from the Ukhia Upazila Health Complex.
The reason behind the crash is yet to be ascertained.
Fire fighters rushed to the spot and stopped the fuel leaking from the helicopter after the helicopter crashed, said Abdul Malek, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence in Cox’s Bazar. It plunged into shallow water but surfaced when the water receded during ebb tide. Wing Commander (retd) Shafiqul Islam was the pilot of the chopper, said the official.
According to the official website of Meghna Aviation, the chopper is Robinson R66, a turbine-powered helicopter designed and built by Robinson Helicopter Company.
Saiful Alam, flight operation officer of Meghna Aviation Limited (MAL), told The Daily Star that a six-member team including officials of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh and MAL, has already reached the spot to investigate the incident.