Former civil aviation minister Praful Patel praised the pilot of the ill-fated chartered plane that crashed in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar on Thursday, saying that she guided the aircraft into an open area and saved several lives at the cost of her own. Also Read - Samosa Party Outside Kukreja Palace Ends on Sad Note as Mumbai Police Arrests 2-Book 38 For Violating Lockdown 4.0

“Saddened to hear about the unfortunate incident at #ghatkopar as Charter plane crashes in an open area. Salute to the pilot who showed presence of mind to avoid a big mishap, saving many lives at the cost of her own life. #RIP to all the 5 Dead. My deepest condolences,” Patel tweeted. Also Read - 27-year-old Mumbai Man Killed During His B'day Celebrations, Cops Suspect Old Enmity

Five people, including a pilot, two engineers, a technician on board and a pedestrian lost their lives after the King Air C90 aircraft crashed onto an under-construction building called Jagruti in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar on Thursday.

Both the pilots on board – Capt P S Rajput and Capt Maria – died in the crash.

The plane, which once belonged to the Uttar Pradesh Government, was sold to Mumbai-based company UY Aviation Pvt Ltd in 2014 and was owned by gutkha baron Dipak Kothari.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu expressed grief on the tragic 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,” Prabhu tweeted.