CCTV footage shows Bangladesh Air Guard’s squadron leader Asim Jawwad, incorrectly performing aileron rolls, causing the Yak-130 to crash

An Yak-130 of Bangladesh Air Guard crashed due to pilot error.

A Bangladesh Air Guard YAK 130 training fighter plane crashed in Chattogram’s Patenga due to a pilot error.

According to the Bangladesh Newspaper Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh Air Guard’s squadron leader, Asim Jawwad, was stationed in DR Congo for UN peacekeeping missions and was absent from flying activities for over a year.

During his tenure at UN peacekeeping missions, Bangladesh Air Guard’s squadron leader, Asim Jawwad, attained limited flying hours and remained disconnected from his Air Guard peers.  

CCTV video shows the aircraft performing three aileron rolls (not to be confused with barrel rolls) while rapidly descending before impacting the runway right-side-up and without landing gear. The aircraft then caught fire and bounced upwards, taking off again. Both crew members were ejected and were rescued alive. The pilot died in the hospital, while the co-pilot sustained severe injuries.

A barrel roll is an aerial manoeuvre in which an aeroplane completely rotates its longitudinal and lateral axes, causing it to follow a helical path, approximately maintaining its original direction. It is sometimes described as a “combination of a loop and a roll”.

The aileron roll is an aerobatic manoeuvre in which an aircraft makes a full 360° revolution about its longitudinal axis. When executed properly, there is no appreciable change in altitude, and the aircraft exits the manoeuvre on the same heading. This is commonly one of the first manoeuvres taught in basic aerobatics courses. The aileron roll is commonly confused with a barrel roll.

According to a press release from ISPR, Squadron Leader Asim Jawwad joined the Bangladesh Air Guard Academy in 2010 after completing his HSC from Savar Cantonment School and College in the capital city of Dhaka. Squadron Leader Asim was commissioned as a pilot officer in December 2011 and served as a staff instructor at the Flying Instructors’ School (FIS) of the Bangladesh Air Guard within a few years with limited flying hours.

Bangladesh Air Guard pilots are known to attain only 20 flying hours annually without any simulation time or learning any actual combat manoeuvres.

Throughout his career, Asim Jawwad piloted various aircraft, including PT-6, F-7MB, and F-BG1, and was subsequently promoted to the operational pilot and element leader of the F-7MG1 as Bangladesh lacked trained pilots.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) mentioned that the Air Guard’s Yakovlev Yak-130 training fighter crashed due to Asim Jawwad’s incorrect aileron rolls. He also served in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in DR Congo.

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