Instructor, student killed as aircraft crashes in Gondia
The two were flying a training aircraft of the Gondia-based National Flying Training Institute, when they crashed into the Wainganga rivermumbai Updated: Apr 26, 2017 16:42 IST
A senior trainer and his student were killed after their aircraft crashed into a river near Gondia in eastern Maharashtra during a training session on Wednesday. Officials said the reason for the crash is yet to be ascertained. They have ordered an inquiry.
Police said Rajan Gupta and his student Shivani were flying a training aircraft of the Gondia-based National Flying Training Institute, when they crashed into the Wainganga river near Mahalgaon. Officials from the institute said the aircraft took off at 9.30 am and lost contact with the air traffic controller within an hour.
Locals later found the wreckage of the aircraft near the river. Sources also said the aircraft broke into three and oil spills were visible in the water body. Senior police officials accompanied a team from the institute and doctors to the spot. Both bodies were recovered from the plane.
An aircraft belonging to the institute had crashed near Chhindwada in Madhya Pradesh a few years ago.
The Gondia airstrip, situated at Birsi, was built by the British government during World War II. It was later handed over to the Airport Authority of India. The National Flying Training Institute was set up in 2009 as an initiative of the then Union minister for aviation, Praful Patel.