2 pilots killed in rainmaking plane crash

2 pilots killed in rainmaking plane crash

The plane of the Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation Department crashed in Sai Yok district in Kanchanaburi on Tuesday. (Photo by Piyarch Chongcharoen)
The plane of the Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation Department crashed in Sai Yok district in Kanchanaburi on Tuesday. (Photo by Piyarch Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: An instructor and a new pilot were killed when their small plane dived to the ground shortly after take-off on Tuesday.

The aircraft of the Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation Department left the 9th Infantry Division, better known as the Surasi military camp, in Muang district at 9am for a training mission and the Cessna Caravan crashed at Moo 2 in Sai Yok district 30 minutes later, officials said.

The pilot instructor was identified as Capt Trin Amranand, 58, and the young pilot was Suksan Sathientham, 28.

Rescuers successfully took the bodies from the plane and are collecting the debris in the sugar apple orchard located in the valley.

Kanchanaburi governor Jeerakiat Phumsawad said authorities are trying to determine the cause of the crash, which could be an engine problem.

The Cessna Caravan before it crashed on Tuesday.



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