SYDNEY, Australia: A flight instructor and his student were killed in a fatal plane crash in the New South Wales.
A Sydney flight school has confirmed one of its chief instructors and a student have died in the plane crash.
The flight school says Shipra Sharma, 26, was killed in the crash at Carcoar, south of Orange.
A statement from Soar Aviation chief executive Don Grover regrated the deaths with “great sadness” to confirm that 38-year-old Saket Kapoor and his 26-year-old student Shipra Sharma were killed in Wednesday’s crash.
The authorities are yet to ascertain the cause of the crash.
“Details remain unclear as to cause of the accident, however all authorities are briefed and we are providing every possible support to them in their investigations,” Grover said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of Kapoor and Shipra, and the Soar community as a whole, at this very sad time.”
A man who said Kapoor was his mentor paid tribute to him on social media.
“Saket Kapoor [was] one of the best captains I ever had in my flying history. Can’t accept he is no more. We had almost 30 hours flying time together. Young men from India.”
Shipra Sharma and Saket Kapoor had taken off on a flight from Orange Regional Airport just after 7.30 pm on Wednesday.
Just 15 minutes later, emergency services were called to a property in Carcoar following reports the plane had plummeted to the ground. The pair was killed instantly.
Kapoor’s former student Sakib Chowdhury took to Facebook to pay tribute to his mentor, who was a chief flying instructor at Soar Australia.