Hyderabad: The major fire accident that engulfed a hangar in Begumpet airport has not just annihilated the entire fleet of aircrafts, along with the equipment, belonging to the Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy (APAC), it has also put a question mark on the careers of about 42 trainees.
These trainees are undergoing two-year long course for obtaining commercial pilot licence. “Most students have completed at least half of their courses and our first priority is to restart the academy at the earliest,” said Capt. S.N. Reddy, Honorary Secretary and CEO of APAC.
The total loss sustained by the academy would be about Rs. 30 crore, he said. The APAC had six aircraft on its inventory: two Cessna 152 aircraft, two Cessna 172 aircraft, one Learjet and one Pushpak aircraft. All the six aircraft were parked in the same hangar when the fire broke out, Capt. Reddy explained.
A Government aided institution, APAC was originally established as ‘State Aero Club’ in 1931 by the then rulers of Hyderabad State. It was re-launched as ‘Andhra Pradesh Flying Club’ in 1958 and was renamed as APAC in 1998.
19/12/12 Nemmani Sreedhar/The Hindu