Navy plane crash: Injured woman-son duo out of danger

Hyderabad:The condition of the woman and her son, who were injured after a Navy’s aircraft crashed into a three-storeyed residential building here, is stable and they are out of danger, officials said on Wednesday night.

The Kiran MK-II trainer — part of the four-plane ‘Sagar Pawan’ aerobatic team — was performing on Wednesday at the ‘India Aviation 2010’ at old Begumpet Airport when it went out of control and hit the building in New Bowenpally area killing its two pilots and one person on the ground.

Four persons, including a woman, were injured in the incident. The woman and her son were admitted to the hospital, while the others suffered minor injuries, Hyderabad District Collector Navin Mittal told PTI.

“A woman and her son, who were being treated at a hospital, were in stable condition and out of danger,” he said.

The woman identified as Vijayshree and her 16-year-old son, Shyam Krishna, were sitting in the balcony on the second-floor of the building when the mishap occurred around noon.

Krishna, a tenth standard student, was preparing for his annual exams scheduled from March 5, sources said, adding he pulled out his mother from the debris.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Danam Nagender, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya, among others, visited the crash-site.

Rahul ‘brightest of the brightest pilots’ says friend

About an year ago, Lt Commander Rahul Nair paid a glowing tribute to a close friend who died in a plane crash but he would never have thought that he would meet the same fate one day.

Rahul, whom a former Naval officer and family friend described as one of “brightest of the brightest pilots”, perished along with Commander S K Maurya when a Navy plane performing aerobatics crashed into a building in Hyderabad.

Former Naval officer and a close family friend, Lokesh Batra remembers Rahul as a homely boy, whom he had seen grow up. “Around one pm, we got the news about his death. It is shocking,” he said in New Delhi.

Batra, who had worked with Rahul’s father in the Navy, said, incidentally, Rahul’s friend had died nearly a year ago in a plane crash and his tribute was “was very touching”.

Rahul is survived by his father N R Nair, mother Saraswati, sister (who live in Delhi), wife and a three-year-old son (who live in Bangalore) and two brothers who live abroad.

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