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Two trainee pilots killed as trainer aircraft crashes

Wreckage of the trainer aircraft that crashed on the outskirts of Sultanpur village in Vikarabad district on Sunday afternoon.

Wreckage of the trainer aircraft that crashed on the outskirts of Sultanpur village in Vikarabad district on Sunday afternoon.   | Photo Credit: Arranged

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Training flight caught in heavy rain crashes into cotton fields in Vikarabad district

Two trainee pilots were killed when their trainer aircraft crashed into a cotton field on the outskirts of Sultanpur village in Bantawaram mandal of Vikarabad district, 100 kms from the State capital on Sunday afternoon.

The four-seater trainer aircraft belonging to Wings Aviation Private Limited, operating out of the Old Airport at Begumpet in Hyderabad, crashed due to bad weather. “It was raining heavily in the area and the aircraft apparently nosedived into the farms belonging to Bantu Balakrishna,” Bantawaram sub-inspector of police Venkateswarulu said.

“The aircraft first hit the ground and then dragged for some time. Wreckage of the aircraft was found spread over a radius of 100 yards. The two occupants of the aircraft died on the spot. Their mangled bodies, stuck in slush, were lying close the scene of the crash,” Vikarabad District Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam told The Hindu.

From Bihar, Punjab

The Collector said the victims were identified as Prakash Vishal from Bihar and Amanpreet Kaur from Punjab, both trainee pilots and aged 21 years. They were identified on basis of an identity card carrying the name of Prakash Vishal, a trainee pilot. A passport recovered from the site had the name of Amanpreet Kaur from Punjab. The locals of Sultanpur were the first to reach the spot in pouring rain. They scouted the cotton fields and found the bodies and the wreckage of the aircraft.

On information, the Bantawaram SI rushed to the spot along with his team and cordoned off the area. The aviation academy in Hyderabad was informed about the crash. Founder of the aviation academy Y.Prabhakar Reddy rushed to the crash site.

Knee-deep slush

Vikarabad Superindent of Police M. Narayana and Ms. Khanam visited the spot and oversaw retrieval of the bodies. As it was still raining heavily, the entire area had turned slushy. Police and other medical team from Marpally primary health centre, found it difficult to wade through knee deep slush to the accident spot, according to police.

Bantawaram Tahsildar Lalitha and doctors reached the accident spot and under the direct supervision of the Collector and SP conducted the post mortem at the site itself. Later, the bodies were handed over to Mr. Prabhakar Reddy. They were first taken to Vikarabad for onward journey to the respective destinations.

Mr. Prabhakar Reddy said the ill-fated aircraft was Cessna 172 carrying registration number VTRGF. It was fully refurbished and fit for flying with no technical issues at all, he claimed.

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