Pilots flying low over a dense residential area in Telangana had a narrow escape on Monday as a metal door of their aircraft fell off and crashed into a terrace. No one was hurt.
Ganesh Yadav, the owner of the house in Secunderabad on which the door fell, said a painter who was on the rooftop escaped the crash as he had gone down for lunch just moments before.
The aircraft plunged and rocked dangerously before its door was ripped off in the Lalaguda area, of Secunderabad.
The plane operated by the Telangana State Aviation Academy was on a training flight and was at 2,500 feet. A pilot and a trainee were in it.
Low-flying planes are a common sight in the Lalapet area because of the multiple training flights daily.
The 3 x 4 feet metal door of the aircraft with broken glass
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched an inquiry into the crash. The 3 x 4 feet metal door with broken glass was kept inside the prison cell at a police station for several hours before it was taken away for investigation by civil aviation officials.
Last month on September 28, a trainee Indian Air Force aircraft, Kiran, had crashed in the area
. The pilots had survived.