A Chhattisgarh government helicopter crashed at the Raipur airport on Thursday night, killing two pilots, police said.
The incident took place during a flying practise at the Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur under Mana police station limits at around 9:10 pm, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prashant Agrawal.
Two pilots on board the chopper were seriously injured in the crash and immediately taken to a nearby private hospital where they were declared dead, said the SSP. The deceased were identified as Captian Gopal Krishna Panda and Captain A P Shrivastava, said the police officer. The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed grief over the tragedy and condoled the death of the pilots.