2 killed as trainer aircraft crashes in Dhenkanal
Bhubaneswar: A pilot trainer and a woman trainee pilot were killed when a trainer aircraft crashed in Dhenkanal district on Monday. The trainer aircraft of Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI) crashed at Birasala airstrip shortly after taking off, informed Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Dhenkanal, B K Nayak.
The doctors at Kamakhyanagar hospital declared them dead. The deceased were identified as Anis Fatima (trainee) and Sanjeev Kumar Jha (Instructor).
Dhenkanal Superintendent of Police Anupama James said prima facie it is suspected that the aircraft nose-dived and crashed on to the runway while trying to land.
“It seems the aircraft developed some technical snag after it took off. The trainer and the trainee pilots were killed in the accident,” the SP said.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will inquire into the air crash at Birasala airstrip, informed GATI authorities.
The Birasala facility was opened last year. The total strength of the trainees at the facility was 90, including 36 aspiring pilots, said sources.