A private trainer aircraft crashed after it collided with the dome of a temple in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district, killing the pilot, police said on Friday, January 6. The aircraft belonged to the Falcon aviation academy.
The crash that occurred at about 11.30 PM on Thursday, January 5 night also left a trainee pilot injured, who has been admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Rewa, located about 400 km from the state capital Bhopal.
The aircraft crashed 3 km away from the Chorahta airstrip after hitting the dome of a temple and a tree while on a training sortie, the police said.
The Cessna trainer plane flew in circles several times before attempting to land in dense fog. No locals were hurt in the crash while the trainee pilot was out of danger.
Captain Vimal Kumar (50), a resident of Patna, was killed in the crash while trainee pilot Sonu Yadav (23), a resident of Jaipur, suffered injuries and was admitted to the government-run Sanjay Gandhi Medical College Hospital, said Rewa collector Manoj Pushp. Earlier, a local police officer had given different names of the two crash victims.
“The plane collided with the temple during training, one pilot has died, and the other is injured and is being treated at Sanjay Gandhi Medical College,” Navneet Bhasin, SP, Rewa said.
Rewa District Collector Manoj Pushp said a probe is underway into the crash.