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Govt helicopter crashes at Raipur airport, 2 pilots killed

India Today logo India Today 12-05-2022 Ravish Pal Singh
Two pilots died after a helicopter crashed at Raipur airport on Thursday night. Two pilots died after a helicopter crashed at Raipur airport on Thursday night.

Two pilots died after a Chhattisgarh state helicopter crashed on the runway at Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur on Thursday night. The pilots have been identified as Captain Gopal Krishna Panda and Captain AP Srivastava.

While one of them died on the spot, the other lost his life on the way to the hospital, as per sources.

The helicopter was completely destroyed in the accident, which happened during a routine training sortie.

The crash appears to have been caused by technical malfunction. A detailed investigation at the behest of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the state government will be undertaken to ascertain the exact cause.

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel took to Twitter to offer his condolences. He also ordered officials to provide immediate relief to the bereaved families.

He wrote in Hindi, "Just got the sad news about a state helicopter crashing at the airport in Raipur. In this tragic accident, both our pilots Captain Panda and Captain Srivastava have sadly passed away. May God give strength to their family members and peace to the departed souls in this time of grief."

(With inputs from Mahendra Namdeo)

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