A helicopter owned by the Chhattisgarh government crashed at Raipur’s Swami Vivekanand Airport on Thursday night, killing both the pilots.
According to an official statement from the government, the incident occurred around 9.10 pm and technical malfunction appears to be the cause of the crash. The Augusta helicopter crashed at the end of a runway at the airport when it was on a routine training sortie, officials said.
It was carrying Captain Gopal Krishna Panda and Captain A P Shrivastava. While Capt Shrivastava died on the spot, Capt Panda succumbed to his injuries enroute hospital, officials said.
“A detailed technical investigation at the behest of DGCA and state government shall be undertaken to ascertain the exact cause of the crash,” the government said in a statement.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed deep anguish at the loss of lives and ordered officials to provide immediate relief to the bereaved families.
Baghel tweeted, “Just got sad news about a state helicopter crashing at the airport in Raipur. In this tragic accident, both our pilots Captain Panda and Captain Shrivastava passed away. May God give strength to their family members and peace to the departed soul.”