Air ambulance crash lands in Najafgarh, all escape unhurt

air crashNew Delhi: An air ambulance coming from Patna with a patient, who had suffered a brain stroke, and six others on board crash landed in Najafgarh area of South West Delhi after both its engines shut down one after the other but all passengers escaped unhurt.

The six-seater Beech King Air C-90A aircraft crash landed at around 2:40 PM on a field in Kair village in Najafgarh, about 10 km from the Indira Gandhi international Airport, police said.

The 27-year old plane belonging to Chandigarh-based private operator Alchemist Airways had to force land after both its engines failed, airport officials said. Aviation regulator DGCA has started an inquiry into the incident.

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

The aircraft was in touch with Air Traffic Control (ATC) while making the final approach to landing.

ATC sources said the first engine of the plane stopped working at 2:22 PM, prompting the commander to seek emergency landing. A little later at 2:35 PM, the pilot-in command reported that the second engine had also failed.

Two minutes later, the aircraft lost radar and VHF contact as well, the sources said, adding the ATC received a phone call at 2:40 PM that the aircraft had crash landed.

The six other onboard included Rupesh (doctor), Jung Bahadur (aircraft technician), Juhi and Bhagwan Rai (both relatives of the patient), Amit Kumar (pilot) and Rohit (co-pilot).

A small 20-year-old BSF plane had crashed near Dwarka in December last year in which all 10 on board had been killled.

A DGCA official said the final investigation will be conducted by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB).