Two pilots Captain AP Shrivastava and Captain Gopal Krishna Panda were killed in a helicopter crash that took place in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur at evening on Thursday.
The two pilots were trying to land it when it caught fire. The pilots died in the accident. However, there were no passengers on the board.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prashant Agrawal said, the accident happened during the flying practice going on at the Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur under Mana Police station limits around 9:10 pm on Thursday.
The cause of the crash is yet unknown. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) and Chhattisgarh government will take out a derailed investigation into the matter to find out the exact cause of the accident.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed his condolences over the incident and paid his tribute to the two pilots.
“Just got sad news about the state helicopter crashing at the airport in Raipur. In this tragic accident, both our pilots Captain Panda and Captain Srivastava died. May God give strength to his family members and peace to the departed soul in this time of grief, ” the Chief Minister said in a tweet.