Trainer aircraft crash kills 2 pilots in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district

Two pilots were killed in Odisha's Dhenkanal district today early morning after a trainer aircraft Cessna FA-152 VT-ENF crashed at Birasala airstrip. The incident happened on Monday morning just after the trainer aircraft took off.

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Two pilots were killed in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district today early morning after a trainer aircraft Cessna FA-152 VT-ENF crashed at Birasala airstrip. The incident happened on Monday morning just after the trainer aircraft took off.

The two killed pilots in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district includes trainer pilot Sanjay Kumar Jha and the woman trainee pilot Anis Fathima. Jha belonged to Bihar and Fathima is said to be from South India.

According to the Dhenkanal superintendent of police (SP), Anupama James, the incident happened under the Kankadahada police station area at Birasala airstrip just after the Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI) aircraft took off around 6:30 am.

James also stated, “It seems the aircraft developed some snag after it took off. The trainer pilot, Sanjay Kumar Jha, and the trainee pilot, Anis Fathima, were killed in the accident. Kamakhyanagar sub-divisional hospital authorities declared them brought dead.”

Odisha’s Dhenkanal district Two pilots killed as trainer

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Odisha’s Dhenkanal district: Two pilots killed as trainer aircraft crashes

As per records, Odisha has 19 airstrips, and Birasala is one of them where many aspiring trainers undergo training. Before today’s incident, Birasala had a total strength of 90 trainers, including 36 aspiring pilots.

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The Birasala airstrip was opened last year, welcoming trainee pilots from across the country to achieve their pilot goals. Birasala facility was reopened at the beginning of this month after the regional lockdown restrictions were at ease. It was closed on March 25 after the government announced a nationwide lockdown to control the spread of novel coronavirus in the country.

It should be noted that GATI authorities use Cessna FA-152 VT-ENF, Cessna- 152 VT-EUW, Cessna-172 VT-AAY, and Cessna-172R VT-TED for the pilot training exercise.

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