Three pilots were injured after a trainer aircraft that they were travelling in crashed near Bishan Khedi village on the outskirts of Bhopal on Saturday, March 27.
The aircraft crashed near Bishan Khedi village on the outskirts of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in an area under the Gandhi Nagar police station limits around 4 p.m. The injured pilots have been shifted to a nearby hospital.
Government officials said the aircraft was a small trainer aircraft and was carrying the three pilots. It crashed soon after take-off. The aircraft was traveling from Bhopal to Guna in Madhya Pradesh. The injuries suffered by the pilots are not of serious nature.
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According to Times Now, Gandhi Nagar SHO Arun Sharma said that the aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal. It was assigned to a government duty and was out for a survey, the news channel said. The aircraft was headed for Guna but crashed into the fields near Gandhi Nagar.
Pilots in Hospital
While speaking to media, Mr. Sharma said, “Three pilots have been injured after an aircraft crashed in Gandhi Nagar Police Station limits of Bhopal. The injured have been shifted to hospital.”
The factors responsible for the crash are not known yet. Aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated a probe into the crash.
The Times of India reported that the crew members were Captain Rajkumar, Aswani kumar (co-pilot), Asim. “Officials said that after take-off the flight pilot in command faced some problem in the aircraft engine and connected to Bhopal ATC for an emergency landing,” the report said.
The newspaper said that the flight couldn’t reach the runway and crashed in an open field area near Bishankhedi village. “The crash location is 8km away from Bhopal airport. All concerned agencies and officials are present at the crash location,” an unnamed official was quoted as saying. Director, Bhopal airport, Anil Vikram said that the no casualties have been reported till the report was filed.