Three people including two Indians were killed in a small plane crash in the city of Chilliwack in Canada`s British Columbia on Friday. It was a twin-engined light aircraft that reportedly crashed into trees and bushes behind a motel, near the local airport.
One of the two Indians Abhay Gadroo (25) belongs to Evershine city in Vasai.
Gadroo died at a time when his parents were doing Char Dham Yatra. Mid-day tried to contact his parents, who are in Delhi at present and returning to Mumbai on Sunday, but they were not in a condition to talk to anyone.
His parents learnt about Gadroo’s death on Saturday morning.
Talking exclusively with mid-day, Gadroo’s childhood friend Gaurav Goel said, “Abhay spent his childhood in Vasai and studied at Thakur College, Kandivli. Later, he moved to Canada for commercial pilot license training. So, he was in Canada for the last three years. He was about to complete his training by November this year.”
“We came to know that a small plane, in which three people including Abhay, crashed at 2 pm Canada time on Friday at the time of his training,” said Goel, who is a Chartered Accountant by profession.
The crash took place in Chilliwack, about 200 kilometres east of Vancouver (Pic/Special arrangment)
Gadroo lived with his parents and younger brother in Vasai. His mother is a retired teacher from a government school in Sion and father Anil Gadroo worked in a medical equipment supplying company. Gadroo family originally hails from Kashmir and had been staying in Vasai for many years.
“His younger brother also went to Canada last year to pursue a management course,” said Goel.
The mortal remains of Gadroo are yet to come to India, as the law enforcement agencies in Canada are conducting investigations.