Maharashtra: Flight instructor dead, student injured in aircraft crash

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Mumbai/New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) A flight instructor was killed and a student injured when their training aircraft crashed in Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra on Friday, an official said.

The Tecnam two-seater plane of the Academy of Aviation Shirpur in Dhule district had taken off from the institute's airstrip around 3 pm and crashed at 3.45 pm, Academy Director Air Commodore Hitesh Patel (retd) told PTI.

While the instructor Capt Nurul Amen (28) died on the spot, the trainee student Anshika Gurjar (22) was injured and taken by road to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital, he said.

The training flight was scheduled to return in two and a half hours after traversing the over 200 nautical miles distance between Shirpur and Shegaon, Air Commodore Patel said.

The plane crashed near Wardi village in the Chopda area of the Satpura mountain range.

'While we are still investigating the cause and other details of the crash, our top priority is the wellbeing of the bereaved family and the injured trainee. We are ensuring the best possible care for Anshika, and have reached out to Capt Ameen's family with our full support,' Registrar of NMIMS Deemed-to-be-University Meena Chintamaneni said.

The single-engine aircraft VT-BRPA belonged to the Academy of Aviation, Shirpur that is part of NMIMS Deemed-to-be-University.

Expressing shock over the crash, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said an investigation team was being rushed to the site of the crash.

'Unfortunately, we lost the flight instructor & the trainee is severely injured. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family & prayers for the trainee's quick recovery,' Scindia tweeted. PTI DC DSP KJ BNM KRK VT IAS BAL BAL

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