Mumbai: Five persons were killed and two others left injured when an aircraft crashed in the densely-populated Ghatkopar area this afternoon. The dead included two pilots, two aircraft maintenance engineers aboard the plane and one man on the ground. The area where the Mumbai plane crash took place is the narrow Jeevadaya Lane area of Ghatkopar’s Jagruti Nagar locality.
The 30-year-old King Air C90 12-seater aircraft belonged the Uttar Pradesh government till 2014. It was later purchased by Mumbai-based UY Aviation Pvt Ltd. It had taken off from the Juhu airstrip on a test flight minutes before it crashed. The Mumbai plane crash is being probed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on the orders of Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.
The chartered plane crashed with a loud thud before bursting into flames and breaking into several pieces at around 1.15 pm. The aircraft’s Black Box has been recovered.
The crash occurred in the compound of Jagruti apartments, which is under construction. The pilots showed the presence of mind and diverted the flight to avoid a big mishap.
As reports of the crash started coming in, fire brigade, disaster management teams, police immediately reached the spot. They took the bodies to Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar. Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has expressed deep shock over the Mumbai air crash.