Delhi-bound air ambulance from Patna crash lands at Najafgarh; two injured

An air ambulance flying from Patna to Delhi with seven people on board crashed at Najafgarh, on the outskirts of the National Capital, according to India Today. The plane landed at Najafgarh’s Kair village due to engine failure.

People watch the air ambulance which crash landed at Kair village in Najafgarh area of Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

People watch the air ambulance which crash landed at Kair village in Najafgarh area of Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

According to ANI, the plane, a Beech King Air C-90 A, belongs to Alchemist Airlines.

Delhi Police told NDTV that two people on board were injured while five others were unharmed. Times Now reported that fire tenders were rushed to the spot to rescue the passengers and crew.

News18 reported that the plane was supposed to land at Indira Gandhi International Airport, six nautical miles from the crash site.

Aviation regulator DGCA has already started an inquiry into the incident.

A 61-year-old cardiac patient Virender Rai who was being flown to Delhi has been rushed to the Medanta hospital in Gurgaon immediately after the incident. The other passengers were taken to a nearby government hospital for medical examination.

The 1989-make aircraft, carrying registration number VT EQO, was in touch with to Air Traffic Control as it was in the final approach to landing.

The six other onboard persons include Rupesh (doctor), Jung Bahadur (aircraft technician), Juhi and Bhagwan Rai (both relatives of the patient), Amit Kumar (pilot) and Rohit (co-pilot).
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said DGCA officials have been sent to the site of the incident to conduct a probe.

"We received an emergency call from the pilot. Both the engines of the aircraft had reportedly failed. They made the landing safe. The DGCA is looking into the incident," Sharma told reporters.

In December 2015, a small 20-year-old BSF plane ferrying the force's technical personnel to Ranchi crashed near Dwarka and burst into flames just outside IGI airport shortly after takeoff, killing all 10 people on board.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: May 24, 2016 17:30:48 IST

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