Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hassan and his wife narrowly escaped a helicopter crash on Friday. One person was killed and four were injured when the helicopter crashed after dropping Shakib and his wife Umme Ahmed Shishir at Cox’s Bazar in the South Eastern part of Bangladesh.
The helicopter was carrying the Bangladeshi all rounder and his wife to the Royal Tulip Sea Resort, where the couple were set to shoot a commercial. The resort is reportedly 27km south of Cox’s Bazar town. On its way back, the helicopter reportedly crashed near Inani beach which is around 1.5km north of where Shakib and Shishir had landed.
Further media reports state that the deceased has been identified as Shah Alam, a resident of Dhaka, and the injured were undergoing treatment at the local hospital.
Shakib said that he was shocked to hear of the incident. “I am fine, but feel rather shocked at the news of the chopper crash,” he said to local newspapers, “But I can’t really tell you anything about the crash. I was at shooting at the time,” he said.
Cox’s Bazar Airport Manager Sadhon Kumar Mohanto told local news agencies, that the pilot neither informed the airport authorities nor asked for permission before landing. “We don’t know the details of the accident,” he added. Local agencies also report that the owners of the helicopter, Meghna Aviation, had notified the authorities through fax.
Bangladesh is set to host England for a 3-match ODI series followed by a two-match Test series in October. England raised concerns over the security situation in Bangladesh with ODI skipper Eoin Morgan opting to dropout of the series alongside opening batsman Alex Hales.