Ghatkopar (Mumbai), June 30: Father of the Maintenance Engineer Surabhi Gupta, who died in the Ghatkopar plane crash in Mumbai on Friday, alleged negligence saying that a day before her daughter had told him that she was about to fly a “sick plane”. He hoped that a thorough probe would be conducted and those responsible will be held accountable. Also Read - Grim Milestone: Maharashtra's COVID Caseload Surpasses 5-lakh Mark With Highest Single-day Spike of 12822 Infections
Asserting that the Mumbai plane crash could have been avoided, the victim’s father told news agency ANI, “A day before she boarded the aircraft she told me that she’s about to fly a sick aircraft. This is a clear case of carelessness. This incident could have been avoided.” Also Read - Flying to Mumbai? Check Out New Quarantine Rules For Domestic Passengers Here
Surabhi Gupta had spoken to her father hours before she was about to board the 12-seater chartered aircraft which crashed in a crowded Mumbai suburb and had described the condition of the plane as bad. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: House Collapses in Thane; 34 Roads, 9 Highways Closed in Kolhapur | Top Developments
“It was yesterday morning that we spoke over phone. We had a routine conversation before she told me that the aircraft she was going to fly in later in the day was sick. She said the aircraft was in a bad condition…” he told the reporters at his residence in Sonepat, and asked who gave the permission to fly a “sick aircraft”.
He said that Surabhi loved to fly and was awarded by the Maharashtra government recently. Surabhi had got married last year only. Her husband is a pilot.
Earlier, husband of Captain Maria Zuberi, one of the victims of Mumbai plane crash, alleged that his wife was forced to fly the King Air C90 chartered plane in spite of bad weather conditions.
“The incident could have been averted. Maria had told me that the flight won’t be flown due to bad weather. The aviation company is responsible for this unfortunate incident,” said P Kuthariya, husband of Captain Maria.
The 12-seater aircraft, which had taken off from the Juhu airport, crashed into an under construction building in Ghatkopar in Mumbai, killing both pilots and two aircraft engineers on board, along with a pedestrian on the ground.