Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: A 21-year-old trainee pilot of the Indian Air Force Geetika was killed instantly when the HPT-32 aircraft she was flying crashed at 4.10 p.m. on Monday.

The plane crashed at Kanugunta village in Medak district, some 55 km away from here. An eyewitness, Nagaraju, who was working in his fields some distance away, said he heard a loud crash and ran towards the spot where he saw the mangled aircraft.

Geetika had completed 11 months of training at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal and would have received her wings soon. The crash took place barely six km from the academy and in normal course, she would have touched down a few minutes later.

When this correspondent reached the spot in Kanugunta, the academy personnel, led by Squadron Leader Rajneesh had cordoned off the place. He declined to speak about the accident or about the age and condition of the trainer aircraft saying that the academy’s investigation wing was already on the job.