An aircraft of the Indian Army’s Officers’ Training Academy in Bihar’s Gaya crashed on Friday shortly after take-off, informed Army officials.
According to Bangajeet Saha, the Director of Gaya International Airport, both pilots were safe.
He said the crash took place in fields adjoining a village under Bodh Gaya block when the pilots tried to make an emergency landing.
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Villagers noticed the trainer aircraft falling down, rushed to the spot, and pulled the cadets out.
They were taken away by Army personnel who arrived soon afterward. Debris from the crashed plane was also collected by them.
“The nature of the technical fault that might have caused the crash will be known only upon examination by experts,” the airport director said.