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Close shave for pilots as aircraft crash-lands

A TRAINER aircraft of Garg Aviations crash-landed on the Ganga riverbed in Domanpur, after it developed some technical snags. The trainee pilot and her trainer escaped unhurt but the aircraft suffered heavy damages. Senior police officials and officials of the Garg Aviations reached site.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 00:52 IST

A TRAINER aircraft of Garg Aviations crash-landed on the Ganga riverbed in Domanpur, after it developed some technical snags. The trainee pilot and her trainer escaped unhurt but the aircraft suffered heavy damages. Senior police officials and officials of the Garg Aviations reached site.

Garg Aviations Managing Director Vijay Garg said that both pilots were safe and said the damage to the aircraft and reason behind the crash had not been ascertained. Efforts were being made to lift the aircraft back to the hangers at the civil aerodrome, he said.

The single engine Cessna  took off the Civil Aerodrome with trainee pilot and Captain Islam on a routine training session. Thirty minutes later the control tower at Civil Aerodrome lost contact with the pilots.

It was later learnt that the aircraft was last seen flying in Maharajpur area and it had to land in an emergency in Ganga Katri of Maharajpur. The aircraft where it landed is quite inaccessible even by foot. The authorities took a full two hours to reach the spot and found the pilots safe.

“It was the sand along the river that saved a bigger mishap,” said Captain Mann, chief instructor of the institute. He, however, felt that the pilots couldn’t control the plane and had to bring it down a bit abruptly.

“The reasons will be thoroughly investigated,” he said. Garg Aviations, in fact, has the biggest pilot training facility and it has recording maximum placements in the aviation industry. And the incident of this kind has been the first since the company made a foray into this business around a decade ago.