Medanta air ambulance crash-lands near Bangkok, kills pilot; Sushma Swaraj extends help

Posted March 07, 2017

Dr.Shailendra and Dr.Komal are in the ICU. With the assistance from Army helicopters the injured were shifted to a Bangkok Hospital.

While taking to Twitter, Swaraj gave details of the untoward incident.

An air ambulance of the Medanta hospital on Tuesday crash landed near Bangkok after it caught fire, resulting in the death of its pilot and injuries to four crew members, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said tonight.

She says the other two people on board suffered minor injuries.

The deceased pilot has been identified as Arunaksha Nandy.

A separate team of doctors from Medanta left for Thailand later that day to ensure proper treatment for the injured doctors at a burns facility. He was quoted by news agencies as saying: "We are getting to know that the injuries are not life-threatening".

The aircraft, Pilatus PC 12 (VT-AVG), belonged to Delhi-based charter company, Air Charter Services.

The doctors are from the department of emergency and anaesthesia.

The plain took a refuelling stop in Kolkata en route to Bangkok and crash-landed at Nakhon Pathom airport, about 730km from Bangkok, late Sunday afternoon.