The incident took place around 4:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, November 14.
A plane crash took place nearly 30 km from Team India’s hotel in Sydney where the players are serving their quarantine period before the start of international matches on November 27. On Saturday, November 14, the plane crashed into a busy sports field, but the two occupants of the plane escaped with minor injuries.
According to reports, the plane’s engine stopped working in mid-air and the vehicle fell on the Cromer Park pitch where cricket and football matches were being played. The incident took place around 4:30 p.m. (local time). The plane would have missed a sports hangar where there were 12 people.
“I yelled at the guys in the shed, I just said run. They started running, ”said Greg Rollins, senior vice president of Cromer Cricket Club, quoted on stuff.co.nz.
Occupants transported to hospital
In order to help the occupants and not to fear for their own safety and well-being, Rollins and two other players ran towards the plane. “The plane started smoking and I thought we needed to get these guys out. The plane looked like it was about to explode.
“The victims were still conscious but they were ‘not in a good way’. A guy, his face wasn’t good. They hit hard enough to do a lot of damage but they’re alive, that’s the main thing, ”said Rollins.
During the accident, a 24-year-old man was taken to hospital after suffering multiple fractures. Another man in his 30s was taken to an ambulance after complaining of severe back pain. A thorough investigation into the plane crash will be carried out as soon as possible.
As for the Indian team, they reached Sydney on Thursday, November 12, two days after the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The players are currently settling in at the Pullman Hotel, which also happens to be the home of the New South Wales Blues rugby team.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has reportedly received a special suite from Australian rugby legend Brad Fittler. India‘s campaign begins with the three-match ODI and T20I series followed by four tests, which begins on December 17 at Adelaide.