An Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot passed away in a training aircraft crash that took place in Patiala’s Army cantonment area in Punjab on Monday (24 February). An National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadet was also injured in the crash.
According to an official spokesperson, a Slovenian Pipistrel Virus SW 80 aircraft crashed minutes after it took off from the Patiala Aviation Club airport, killing Wing Commander G S Cheema.
“Wing Commander Cheema was on deputation at an NCC unit here. In the crash of the two-seater aircraft, an NCC cadet by the name Vipin Kumar Yadav of Mohindra College of Patiala has sustained injuries,” the official added.
He further informed that an inquiry had been ordered by the authorities to find out the reason behind the tragedy.
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