Air ambulance with seven people crash lands in Delhi's Najafgarh

The air ambulance – a chartered flight from Patna to Delhi - crash landed in a field in Kair village in Jaffarpur Kalan.

Last Updated: May 25, 2016, 00:36 AM IST
Air ambulance with seven people crash lands in Delhi's Najafgarh

New Delhi: An air ambulance crash landed on the outskirts of Najafgarh area in southwest Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.

As per reports, the six-seater Beech King Air C-90A aircraft – a chartered flight from Patna to Delhi - crash-landed in a field in Kair village in Jaffarpur Kalan at around 2:40 pm.

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.

“The aircraft landed 6.0 nautical miles short of IGI Airport. Pilot reported failure of both engines. All seven on board are safe,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the 61-year-old cardiac patient Virender Rai who was being flown to Delhi was 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).

According to ATC sources, the plane's first engine stopped functioning at 1422 hours prompting the Commander to seek emergency landing.

"A little later, at 1435 hours, the pilot-in command reported that the second engine had also failed. Two minutes later, the aircraft lost radar and VHF contact as well," sources said, as per PTI.

At 1440 hours, the ATC received a phone call that the aircraft has crash landed, they said.

(With Agency inputs)