Five persons were killed when a private plane crashed near an under-construction building in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area while trying to make an emergency landing. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau will conduct a detailed probe into the crash, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.
The crashed flight was a privately-owned Beechcraft King Air C90 model aircraft, which took off from the Juhu airstrip on a test run, police said. The 12-seater aircraft was owned by the Uttar Pradesh government until 2014 when it was sold to a private company, UY Aviation, Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary, Information, Avinish Awasthi said. The flight had been in operation for the last 22 years.
The plane was carrying two pilots and two technicians, all of whom are dead; a pedestrian who came under the debris of the flight was also charred to death, a DGCA official told PTI. The black box of the flight has been recovered, which is expected to give details of the reason behind the crash.
The aviation company which owned the chartered flight said that the pilot and co-pilot had adequate flying experience and were on a test flight since the aircraft was under maintenance.
“The pilot and the co-pilot were our employees and both had great flying experience. The pilot had flown over 5,000 hours while the co-pilot used to fly with Jet Airways before. The engineers were from Indamer Aviation Limited. We are in touch with the family and also with the DGCA and the local police. Our team is at the site. The flight was with Indamer for maintenance and we took it on a test flight today (Thursday) as we were to start operations soon. The flight was in the air for an hour and was just about to land at Juhu when the accident occurred,” said Anil Chauhan, head of operations, UY Aviation.