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Trainer Jet Crash in Pune Leaves Pilot Injured; 'Power Loss Led to This': DGCA

The pilot, identified as Bhavna Rathod, sustained minor injuries and is presently receiving medical treatment.

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A single-seater trainer aircraft, belonging to Carver Aviation, crashed in Maharashtra's Pune on Monday, 25 July, injuring the woman pilot operating it, said officials.

"Carver Aviation Cessna 152 aircraft VT-ALI on a solo cross-country flight made a crash landing while 15 nm inbound to Baramati Airfield due to suspected power loss," news agency ANI quoted the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as saying.

The pilot, identified as 22-year-old Bhavna Rathod, sustained minor injuries and is presently receiving medical treatment at a hospital.

As per a police official, the crash occurred at around 11:30 am in Indapur tehsil's Kadbanwadi area. The carrier had taken off from Pune's Baramati airport.

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The official added that the aircraft was also damaged and that a probe into the incident was on.

Power Loss Could Have Led to Incident: DGCA

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), while investigating the incident, said that the crash happened due to a suspected power loss, The Hindustan Times reported.

The regulatory body, however, added that the pilot had not been injured.

“A carver Aviation Cessna 152 aircraft VT-ALI, on Monday, on solo cross country flight made a crash landing while it was 15 Nm inbound to Baramati Airfield due to suspected power loss. No injury had been reported to the cadet pilot,” it said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, called the incident "unfortunate" and said that he was "praying for the recovery of the injured pilot."

"No fatalities have been reported. The DGCA has commenced an investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident," he added on Twitter.

(With inputs from The Hindustan Times, ANI and PTI.)

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