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India: Pilot killed, woman trainee hurt as plane crashes in Maharashtra

Filed on July 16, 2021

The new, two-seater Italian-made aircraft was given airworthiness certificate just six months ago.

The pilot of a training plane was killed instantly, and a woman trainee was injured, when a new training aircraft belonging to a private aviation academy crashed in a field near Chopda village of Maharashtra's Jalgaon district on Friday, officials said.

The incident occurred around 4 pm, when the light training aircraft suddenly came crashing down, killing the pilot and injuring the trainee, while horrified villagers informed the local police and district authorities, who rushed there led by local Tehsildar Anil Gavit.

The victims have been identified as pilot-instructor Noorul Ameen, 28, hailing from Bengaluru, and trainee-pilot Anshika Gurjar, 22, a student from Khatgaon in Madhya Pradesh, who has reportedly suffered multiple fractures, but is stated to be "out of danger".

The two-seater aircraft of Italian-made aircraft belonged to the NMIMS Academy of Aviation (NMIMSAA), at Shirpur in Dhule, affiliated to the Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVPKM)'s group of educational institutions in Mumbai

"It's a very unfortunate incident. The aircraft was a very new one. The pilot was very senior with over 500 hours of flying experience who joined us in January. Something must have tragically gone wrong somewhere," a shocked SVPKM President Amrish Patel told IANS.

Patel, who is a senior BJP legislator, said the trainee pilot is being transferred by an ambulance to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital for treatment.

Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia condoled the incident and said a team of investigators is being rushed to the crash-site for a probe.

"Shocked to hear about the tragic crash of a training aircraft that belonged to the NMIMS Academy of Aviation, Maharashtra. Unfortunately, we lost the flight instructor & the trainee is severely injured," said Scindia in a tweet this evening.

He offered his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved Amin family and prayed for the quick recovery of the trainee.

NMIMSAA Director, Air Commodore Hitesh Patel (retd) told IANS that the aircraft was an Italian-made TECNAM P-2008Jc, which had been given an airworthiness and training certificates barely six months ago.

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