Monday, July 25, 2022

Pilot Injured As Trainer Aircraft Crashes In Pune, DGCA Starts Probe

In the latest mishap to hit the Indian civil aviation sector, a single-seater trainer aircraft crashed in Maharashtra's Pune district on Monday and its woman pilot suffered injuries.

The aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has started an investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident, said Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in a tweet.

He further said, "The trainee aircraft crash in Indapur, Pune District is unfortunate. No fatalities have been reported. Praying for the recovery of injured pilot, Ms Bhavika Rathod."

The incident took place at Kadbanwadi in Indapur tehsil around 11.30 am, a police official said.          

He said that the aircraft, belonging to a private aviation school, had taken off from Baramati airport in Pune.

The pilot named Bhavika Rathod received minor injuries and was admitted to a hospital for treatment, the official said.         

He added the aircraft was damaged. Visuals shared by journalists and news organisations on the internet show damage to the aircraft and pilot at the scene.

The crash comes at a time when DGCA is investigating a string of of aviation mishaps in recent times, several of which happened in quick succession. 

25/07/22 Outlook

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