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Crashed air ambulance was considered safe

May 26, 2011, 6:55 PM IST India India

New Delhi: EMSOS Medical Private Limited Director Dr Navneet Singh said that the plane is considered to be a very useful and safe aircraft.

"It is a very safe aircraft, very useful for emergency services. We have been in worse weather so it's hard to tell what happened. This aircraft has been used to travel to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, all over India," Singh said.

"Even though it is a single engine aircraft, it is able to go up to 30,000 feet and it also has a lot of space inside. I was traveling in the same plane just two days back, it feels strange. The two doctors who died were colleagues, its very sad. Bad weather is a big problem, it's happened to me before, I was travelling in this aircraft and there was bad weather but I was lucky to survive." Singh added.

The air ambulance was hired by Delhi's Apollo Hospital to ferry a critically ill 20-year-old jaundice patient, Rahul Raj, from Patna. Rahul Raj's family is from Bettiah in north Bihar, where his father is a trader.

At 10:45 pm on Wednesday night the nine-seater air ambulance crashed into a house in Sector 22, Faridabad, killing all seven on-board and three on the ground.

The aircraft was descending from 8,000 feet when it went off the ATC radar, an official said.

The plane crashed into a two-storey house in a thickly populated area of Faridabad and 20 fire tenders were rushed to the spot for rescue operations, police said in Chandigarh.

While seven of those killed were on board the air ambulance, three women died on the ground after the plane crashed into their house.