One of the most advanced aircraft in the inventory of the Bangladesh Air Force crashed on 11 July 2017 resulting in the complete destruction of the aircraft however two pilots survived.
The Bangladesh Air Force promptly formed a powered committee to investigate the accident. Russian officials from the Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation have offered their support to the investigation committee.
Initial reports from the Air Force suggests that the Yak-130 (Registration number ‘15102’) crashed due to technical failure of the Fly-By-Wire (FBW) – a semi-automatic and typically computer-regulated system for controlling the flight of an aircraft. Sensing the problem the experienced pilots Wing Commander Kamrul and Squadron Leader Nazmul ejected from the aircraft over an unpopulated area at Lohagora in Chittagong to avoid loss of civilian life or damage to property. A Bell 212 helicopter rescued the two pilots from the area quickly after the occurrence.
The Bangladesh Air Force purchased the 16 Yak-130 with option for another 8 aircraft for $27.5 million each inclusive of spares, technical support, training, armaments and warranty. The deal is part of a $1 billion defence credit package from Russia inked in 2013. Deliveries of the 16 advanced jet trainers aircraft were completed by early 2017.
The warranty clause stipulates the aircraft supplier provide guarantee on the Aircraft, Engine and other Installed Equipment, Accessories, Scaled Tools and Spares. It further states clearly that the warranty period must be in effect for 300 hours or 18 months from acceptance of the aircraft. If any components malfunction within the stipulated warranty period the supplier has to replace the components (in this case the entire aircraft) within a short time, pay for its freight and insurance.
The investigation committee will investigate and provide a detailed report on the cause of the aircraft then negotiations may begin