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A light aircraft belonging to a training school crashed into a Nakhon Phanom field seconds after take-off this morning.
Two pilots and a passenger were dead at he scene of the crash in Ban Khok Kong, Photak sub district some 2kms from the Nakorn Panom airport. The passenger was named as Yingyos Udornphim a leading former executive of the Mahasarakham provincial administration and current president of an investment fund.
The accident comes two months after another incident at the training school when a pilot and a student were injured an an engine damaged. The downed aircraft was one of 11 used at the training school – Withayala Karn Bin Nanachart reported Thairat.
The four seater Diamond DA 42 aircraft had contacted the tower moments after a 4.59 AM take-off saying there was a fire in an engine and requesting an emergency landing. Then contact was lost. The flight was scheduled to go to Don Muang airport, Bangkok.
Two pilots were found dead – Somboon Khamnungratanawongsa, the head of flight training at the school, and Chinawut Nuanklap, a pilot.
Somchorp Nitipot, an executive of the Nakorn Panom provincial authority who was at the scene told reporters that he had a dinner date with Yingyos just the day before when he had said he would be flying to Bangkok to attend a meeting.
The previous accident two months ago injured a pilot and a student undergoing training. An engine was believed to be damaged in the incident in Phonsawan sub district of Nakorn Panom.
An investigation is underway to find out the cause of the accident.