Patiala NCC training aircraft crash: In a major incident, a pilot died while one student got injured after the NCC training aircraft was crashed in Patiala on Monday. According to the information, the plane crashed in the Army zone.
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The deceased pilot has been identified as Wing Commander Cheema who succumbed to his injuries. Cheema was the part of Patiala Aviation Club. He was with 3rd Air Squadron. He was flying the Micro Light plane, which has no engine. While in the air, it flies only using heat thermals from the air.
While Group Captain G.S. Cheema died in the tragic accident, a NCC trainee from local Government Mohindra College, Vipin Kumar Yadav, was injured.
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Meanwhile, the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh expressed deep anguish over the crash of a micro light aircraft in the Army Cantonment Area, which left an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot dead.
Captain Amarinder Singh mourned the demise of Group Captain G.S. Cheema in the crash, and prayed to the Almighty to give courage to the bereaved family, said an official spokesperson. He also prayed for peace for the departed soul. The Chief Minister also wished speedy recovery to the injured undergoing treatment in the Command Hospital, Chandigarh.
Group Commander Cheema had been imparting training to the cadets of NCC 3rd Air Squadron at Air Force Station.