Monday, November 25, 2019

Indian student pilot killed in light plane crash at Canterbury lake

Ramprakash Srikumar​ moved to New Zealand to train as a commercial pilot, but was killed in a light plane crash in Canterbury.

The 23-year-old student pilot, from Srivilliputhur​ in India, was flying a Cessna 172 aircraft when it crashed into the dry lake bed of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere near Motukarara, south of Christchurch, late on Thursday.

The Canterbury Aero Club owned the plane Srikumar was flying.
Club chief executive Jeremy Ford said the "tragic" incident had deeply affected everyone in the Canterbury aviation community. 

He said Srikumar joined the club about a year ago and was training towards a commercial pilot licence with the goal of flying for commercial airlines in India.

"He was a well respected young man by his friends and colleagues at work and they all speak highly of him as an engaged individual and really our thoughts are with the family."

Ford said Srikumar's parents, who were still in India, were "absolutely devastated and in shock".

The Canterbury Aero Club was offering them support, he said.
Ford confirmed Srikumar was training at the time of the crash.
24/11/19 Jonathan Guildford/Stuff
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