LAHORE: A training aircraft crashed near Qaddafi Stadium on Tuesday.
The craft caught fire immediately after hitting the ground. However, the pilot and copilot flying the plane remained safe.
Pilot Muhammad Faheem told the media that he was flying with copilot Hasham on a routine training session. Suddenly, they started losing control of the plane and he chose to crash land the aircraft in a relatively deserted area to ensure minimum loss. He remained successful in the process.
The plane had crashed into the boundary wall of a house situated on Ferozpur Road between Kalma Chowk and Qaddafi Stadium. The plane did not cause much damage to the property. The airmen suffered minor injuries and were treated on the spot. Rescue and police teams rushed to the spot to take care of the victims and extinguished the fire.
Police also collected forensic evidence from the crime scene and recorded the statements of eyewitnesses.
The old airport on Walton Road is a deserted place now as Allama Iqbal International Airport is used for flight operations. Walton Road airport is used as a place for training sessions for such aircrafts.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2018.