Raipur, May 13: Two pilots were killed after a helicopter crashed at an airport in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur late last night.
The deceased have been identified as Captain Gopal Krishna Panda and Captain AP Shrivastava, police said. Captain Panda hails from Baham village in Sambalpur district of Odisha.
The Chhattisgarh government helicopter caught fire when the pilots were trying to land it. The incident took place during a flying practice at the Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur under Mana police station limits at around 9:10 pm, said police.
Two pilots on board the chopper were seriously injured in the crash and immediately taken to a nearby private hospital where they were declared dead.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed grief over the death of the pilots and paid his tributes. 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.”