Five persons were killed when a 12-seater aircraft crashed in a crowded Mumbai on Thursday. This is the second time air mishap in Maharashtra in last two days. Among those killed were two pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers and a person in the Ghatkopar area where the plane crashed.
According to the officials, the plane, which crashed in the Jagruti Nagar locality shortly after 1 pm, once belonged to the Uttar Pradesh government and was sold to UY Aviation.
The King Air C90 12-seater aircraft had taken off from the Juhu airstrip on a test flight. “The aircraft took off from Juhu airport for a test flight. There were two pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers on board. All of them, along with one person on the ground, are dead,” a DGCA official said.
The Mumbai Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) team visited the spot for preliminary investigation. Detailed investigation will be carried out by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited the site of the crash and took stock of the situation.
“It is a worrying incident. What were the reasons behind the crash and who is responsible for it needs to be found out,” CM Fadnavis said.
Meanwhile, in yesterday’s incident of plane crash in Mumbai, the pilot and flight test engineer of a Sukhoi Su-30M aircraft of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited had ejected safely after it crashed near Nashik.
A team of DGCA officials rushed to the crash site for a preliminary investigation, the official said. It is expected that the detailed enquiry will be done by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), he added.
“Our control room got a call at 1.15 pm informing a plane crash. Our jawans were immediately rushed at the site to launch the rescue operation. Four fire engines and as many water tankers were rushed to douse the fire that occurred after the plane crashed,” state’s fire department said.
Aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has expressed deep shock over the air crash and directed concerned officials of the ministry to rush to the crash site and extend all possible help and assistance, an official said.
(With inputs from PTI)