MP: Crash landing of plane carrying Remdesivir to be probed
(Sourced from PTI)
Aviation experts will conduct a probe into the crash-landing of a Madhya Pradesh government plane carrying a stock of anti-viral drug Remdesivir at Gwalior Airport following a technical snag, a senior official said on Friday. The plane had crash-landed around 8:30 pm on Thursday, in which the pilot and co-pilot had suffered minor injuries. Here are more details.
"The plane had skidded off the runway at the airport during landing. Aviation experts will probe the incident," Gwalior collector Kaushlendra Vikram Singh said. Gwalior Airport is the civil enclave airport at the Maharajpur Air Force station. IAF's Central Command spokesman Shantanu Singh said that the pilot, co-pilot, and crew member were given first-aid and handed over to the local administration.
They were sent to local administration for further medical treatment along with the boxes of Remdesivir, the spokesman added. Sub-divisional magistrate Anil Banwaria said the state plane had arrived in Gwalior from Indore. "Its main pilot S Majid, co-pilot Shivshankar Jaiswal, and naib tehsildar Dilip Dwivedi suffered injuries in the incident and they are being treated at a hospital in Gwalior," he said.
The boxes of Remdesivir injections are safe, he added. According to another official, the plane was carrying 74 boxes of Remdesivir. In view of the shortage of Remdesivir injections which are being widely used for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, the Madhya Pradesh government has deployed its aircraft for the medicine's transportation, officials said.
Meanwhile, amid several states flagging scarcity of medical oxygen in the COVID-19 fight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two weeks back, mentioned that Railways and Air Force have been deployed to reduce the transportation time for oxygen tankers, as reported by Mint. All state governments need to work together to meet the requirements of life-saving gas and medicines, PM Modi added.