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Instructor, trainee pilot killed as small plane crashes near Maharashtra's Gondia

Instructor, trainee pilot killed as small plane crashes near Maharashtra's Gondia

The deceased have been identified as - flight instructor Captain Rajan Gupta, 35, and trainee Himani Kalyani, 24, of Delhi.

A flying instructor and a trainee female co-pilot of National Flying Training Institute (NFTI), Gondia were killed after an aircraft they were flying crashed in the Vainganga River bordering Gondia district of Maharashtra and Balaghat district in Madhya Pradesh (MP) on Wednesday morning.

The crash site is 21.5 nautical mile from Gondia airport.

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The mishap took place some 35km from the district headquarters of Gondia in Vidarbha region, police said.

Himani's parents are employed with the private carrier Indigo Airlines and have rushed to Gondia from Mumbai, while a team of Directorate-General of Civil Aviation investigators is en route, the official said.

The bureau is mandated to probe all serious incidents and accidents involving Indian planes.

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He said the aircraft DA-42 took off on a training sortie from the Birsi airport at Gondia around 9.24 a.m. but around 20 minutes later lost contact with the local air traffic control.

The trainer aircraft was flying at a height lower than the one permitted by the ATC, he said. After reaching Devri in Raipur the pilot realised about the technical issues with the aircraft and in an attempt to land safely, it crashed.

Sources also said the aircraft broke into three and an oil spill was visible in the Wainganga river, into which the aircraft had crashed.

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