Both pilots killed after Chhattisgarh government helicopter crashes at Raipur airport

Photo: tweeted by ANI

A Chhattisgarh government helicopter on Wednesday crashed at the airport in the state capital, Raipur, killing both the pilots. The victims have been identified as Captian Gopal Krishna Panda and Captain A P Shrivastava.

A report by news agency PTI said that the crash happened during a flying practice at the Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur at around 9:10 PM.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prashant Agrawal said that both pilots sustained serious injuries in the crash and immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital where they were declared dead.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel tweeted, “Just got a sad news about the 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 his family members and peace to the departed soul in this time of grief.”

It’s not clear what caused the helicopter to crash.