One person died while another is severely injured as a helicopter crashed in the Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra today.
Two pilots, including a woman pilot, were on board when it crashed around 4 PM, they said. The injured woman pilot has been rushed to a nearby hospital, officials said.
Following the crash, police teams reached the spot to carry out rescue operations.
Locals are also assisting the police in rescue operations. The incident took place near Wardi village in the district’s Chopda area, which is part of the Satpura mountain ranges, and information was received by authorities around 5:15 pm.
“One occupant was declared dead on arrival by hospital authorities while the second person has sustained injuries,” he said.
One of the occupants was a woman but it was not yet clear who was piloting the helicopter, an official
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia took to Twitter to share an update about the chopper crash incident. “Shocked to hear about the tragic crash of a training aircraft that belonged to the NMIMS Academy of Aviation, Maharashtra. An investigation team is being rushed to the site”.
He further added: “Unfortunately, we lost the flight instructor & the trainee is severely injured. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family & prayers for the trainee’s quick recovery.”