Monday, November 25, 2019

Pilot killed in light plane crash was an Indian student

The pilot killed in the Canterbury light plane crash on Thursday, 21 November was 23-year-old student trainee pilot, Ramprakash Srikumar.

Srikumar came to New Zealand to ‘live his dream’ of becoming a commercial pilot from a small town Srivilliputhur​ in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

He  was the solo pilot on board the plane belonging to Canterbury Aero Club that he joined about a year ago and was training towards flying commercial airlines in India.

Srikumar’s parents, who are still in India, were reportedly “absolutely devastated and in shock” after hearing the tragic loss of their son.

Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in Wellington has offered sincere condolences to the family of the deceased, Srikumar, and its officials told NewsViews they are in touch with the family and offering all necessary assistance. More details are still awaited.
Srikumar was undertaking a flight required for night flying rating when the light plane Cessna 172 crashed into the dry bed of Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury around 10.15 pm on Thursday.

According to an eye witness report in The Stuff, there was “no explosion” or “flames” seen when the light plane came crashing down “at a hell of a speed”.

The emergency location transmitter activated automatically when the plane crashed and signal was received at 10.20 pm by the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ.
25/11/19 NewsViews
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