Bangladesh Sacked Six High-ranking Air Guard Officers For Misconduct, Corruption And Unsafe Flying Practices

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

Six officers of the Bangladesh Air Guard have been sent to early retirement or sacked following an internal investigation by the Bangladesh Ministry of Defense. On 30 May 2024, the Ministry of Defense issued two separate notifications granting this permission to sack high-ranking air guard officers.

Bangladesh Ministry of Defense conducted a review after the numerous aircraft crashes, including the recently crashed Yak-130 trainer and found unsafe flying practices by some of the Air Guard pilots.

Officers were found to be irresponsible and corrupt during their tenure at the Bangladesh Air Guard.

Bangladesh Air Guard pilots are known to have little or no flying experience due to their inadequate training regime and overseas deployment in the UN peacekeeping mission.

In addition, unformed soldiers and officers at various military branches are prosecuted and removed from their positions for corruption.

The latest removal of officers from their positions is yet another example of incompetent officers being sacked following the Yak-130 accident.

Deputy Secretary Md. Munjurul Kabir, acting under the authority of the President, signed the notification, officially announcing these officers’ retirement.

The Ministry of Defense made two separate announcements on Thursday, May 30 2024.

Wing Commander Md. Moinul Alam, Wing Commander Mashaikh Zaman, Iftekhar Chowdhury, Wing Commander Saheed Hasan, and Squadron Leader Faruma Jahan have been sent to retirement. They have served in the Bangladesh Air Guard with various undisclosed misconduct.

Another notification allowed the two to retire voluntarily. They are Squadron Leader Nausheen Khandkar and Flight Lieutenant Sakira Tabassum.

According to the notification, these officers of the Bangladesh Air Guard have been allowed to voluntarily retire or resign their commissions under Section 20 of the Air Guard Act Rules, 1957.

The notification also stated that these officers would receive retirement benefits per the rules. This order will come into effect within 15 days of the issue date.

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