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Helicopter Crashes in Maharashtra's Jalgaon, 1 Dead, Another Injured; Scindia Expresses Condolences

People gathered at the crash site. (Image credits: ANI)

People gathered at the crash site. (Image credits: ANI)

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

One occupant was killed and another was injured as a small trainer aircraft crashed on Friday afternoon in the Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra, a senior police official said.

Earlier, another official had said that it was a helicopter, but as per the updated information given by district superintendent of police Pravin Mundhe, it was a trainer aircraft. 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 said.

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

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Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia said 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 said in a tweet.

With PTI inputs

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first published:July 16, 2021, 18:12 IST