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An-26 said to crash off Bangladesh coast

At least one fatality is being reported after a cargo aircraft crashed off the coast of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

Local reports, citing police, identify the type as an Antonov An-26, which had departed the town’s airport at around 09:00 on 9 March en route to Jessore in the west of the country.

Video images purportedly taken at the beach near the accident site shows part of the empennage above the surface of the water with the rest of the aircraft apparently submerged.

The operator of the aircraft, or the identity of the airframe, have not been confirmed to Flightglobal.

Reports from the area state that rescuers are having to proceed without the use of sophisticated equipment. Four crew members are said to have been on board, and the accident has reportedly resulted in at least one fatality.

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