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Day After Jalgaon Crash, Another Aviation Academy Plane Crashes in MP; Scindia Rushes Probe Team

Jyotiraditya Scindia had on Friday expressed his condolences after the death of a pilot in a crash in Maharashtra's Jalgaon. (File photo)

Jyotiraditya Scindia had on Friday expressed his condolences after the death of a pilot in a crash in Maharashtra's Jalgaon. (File photo)

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia informed media of the incident, adding that the trainee involved was safe.

A Cessna aircraft on a solo flight crashed at Dhana airbase in Sagar district in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday afternoon.

The trainee pilot was safe, said the police in Sagar.

The aircraft belonging to Chimes Aviation Academy, locals said, was taking off on the runway at Dhana airstrip and suddenly skidded to a road nearby.

Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted the incident saying officers have been rushed to the spot for investigation.

“Just got the news of a crash of a Cessna aircraft (solo flight) that belonged to the Chimes Aviation Academy in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. Fortunately, the trainee is safe. We are rushing an investigation team to the site," he told the media.

The police said that the woman trainee pilot was attempting to take off on the runway at around 3 pm but the plane slid off the runway and hit the nearby road. The pilot was safe but the aircraft suffered minor damage due to the bushes.

Confirming the incident, Rahli SDOP Anurag Pandey said a trainee aircraft crash landed and approached the main road suffering minor damages. The causes behind the mishap were being investigated.

Around one year and a half ago, a trainee aircraft of Chimes Academy had crashed amid dense fog killing the trainee pilot and the trainer. Afterwards, the Commissioner Civil Aviation had banned the trainee flights of this academy.

However, the trainee flights had resumed after a while.

The news comes a day after a pilot was killed and another was injured as a small trainer aircraft crashed in the Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra.

The incident took place near Wardi village in the district’s Chopda area which is part of the Satpura mountain ranges around 4.30 pm.

“One occupant was declared dead on arrival by hospital authorities while the second person has sustained injuries," he said. One of the occupants was a woman but it was not yet clear who was piloting the aircraft," police had said.

The aircraft belonged to the NMIMS Academy of Aviation, Maharashtra.

Scindia had said on Friday he was shocked to hear about the tragic crash. “An investigation team is being rushed to the site. Unfortunately, we lost the flight instructor and the trainee is severely injured. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayers for the trainee’s quick recovery," he had said in a tweet.

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first published:July 17, 2021, 17:05 IST