Woman pilot hurt as Training plane crashes in Pune
Woman pilot hurt  as Training plane crashes in Pune

PUNE:  A light training aircraft crashed in an open field in Pune's Indapur taluka on Monday, July 25, wounding a 22-year-old female trainee pilot.

The victim, identified as trainee-pilot Bhavika Rathod, suffered minor injuries. She was given first aid before being brought to a private hospital in Shegaon for treatment.

According to aviation sources, the plane was a Cessna 152 VT-ALI that pilot Rathod was flying solo.  According to the sources, the plane was owned by Carter Aviation, a flying school in Baramati, and crashed due to a suspected engine failure.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) later stated that the ill-fated aircraft, which was on a solo cross-country flight, crashed roughly 15 nautical miles from Baramati Airfield "due to suspected power loss."

Local villagers, who seen the crash, told police that the aircraft seemed to lost height quickly and dropped into the field. The villagers rushed to the spot and pulled out the injured woman pilot before taking to her to the hospital. The experts are assessing the circumstances and cause of accident."

The academy,  approved by the Director General of Civil Aviation, has a training fleet of 11 single  and multi-engine Cessna and Partenavia aircraft. The aviation academy, Pune rural police, and other local authorities raced to the accident site.

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