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Trainee Flies into Tension wires


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What: Indira Gandhi National Aviation Academy trainee (operating a) SOCATA TB20 Trinidad en route from Raebareli Airport
Where: Bhadokhar police circle of Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh, India
When: October 11, 2011
Who: pilot
Why: The pilot took off from Fursatganj Airfield-Raebareli Airport, and crashed in Bhav village, in Uttar Pradesh, India. The pilot was on a training flight and flew into the National Thermal Power Corporation tension cable line.

The pilot trainee, Sudip Vashishtha (Vashisht?) was injured after the powerline reduced his momentum, after which he dropped 20 feet. The training plane was mangled, and the pilot injured with multiple fractures, but conscious, and he is currently considered critical but stable. He was remove from Rae Bareli hospital to Lucknow hospital.

Newspapers are describing the craft as a chopper, but it is a light single engine aircraft with a variable pitch propeller built by Socata, out of France.

According to the flight school’s website, “The Akademi functions under the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Govt. of India (GOI) through its Governing Council (GC). Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) located at Fursatganj District Raebareli Uttar Pradesh”

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