In an unfortunate incident, a chartered aircraft on Thursday crashed onto a construction site in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area killing at least five people including a passerby. Also Read - Karnataka: Fire Breaks Out at Mangalore Mall, no Casualties Reported
The King Air C90 aircraft was about to land at the airport when it crashed onto the under-construction building called Jagruti in Ghatkopar at around 1.30 pm. Also Read - Bangladesh: 70 Killed in Fire in Apartment Used as Chemical Warehouse in Dhaka
Those deceased in the accident include a pilot, two engineers, a technician on board and a pedestrian who was passing by from the area where the plane crashed, aviation regulator DGCA said a statement. Also Read - Russia: Several Floors of University Building Collapse in St. Petersburg; Casualties Unknown
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the site of plane crash and said that those responsible for the incident needed to be found out.
Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu expressed grief on the incident and directed the DGCA to conduct an investigation into the plane crash. “Saddened to hear the news about the aircraft crash in Mumbai. Have directed DGCA to conduct an investigation into the plane crash at the earliest. I’m in constant touch with on ground developments,” he tweeted.
Two charred bodies have been pulled out by firemen. Fire tenders and ambulances are on the spot to bring the situation under control.
According to reports, the fire from the burning wreckage was doused by 1.40 pm, and two charred bodies were pulled out.
Preliminary reports said the VT-UPZ, KING AIR C90 plane crashed near Sarvoday Nagar while on a test flight from Juhu aerodrome.
The aircraft belongs to Mumbai-based company, U Y Aviation Pvt Ltd and is owned by gutkha baron Dipak Kothari. It’s an old aircraft which earlier belonged to the UP government, according to Suryapal Gangwar, Special Secretary Civil Aviation UP Government.
The Uttar Pradesh government said it had sold the aircraft to a private company called UY Aviation in 2014.