Charter Plane Crashes In Mumbai, 5 Dead

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Five people were killed and two others got injured when a charter plane King Air C90 crashed into an open construction site in a densely populated Ghatkopar, suburb of Mumbai on June 28.

“UY Aviation Pvt Ltd King Air C-90 aircraft VT-UPZ has met with an accident at Mumbai. Operator bought this aircraft from the Uttar Pradesh government. The aircraft took off from Juhu airport for a test flight,” said Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

All the people inside the plane, including two pilots (Capt P S Rajput and Capt Maria) and two maintenance engineers (Surbhi and Manish Pandey) along with one person on the ground are dead.

The plane crashed when it was less than three kilometers away from Mumbai airport main runway 27.

Corpses recovered from the accident site were taken to Rajawadi Hospital. However, officials said that “the bodies were charred and beyond recognition.”

“A DGCA team is on its way for a preliminary investigation. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau will do a detailed investigation,” DGCA confirmed.

Praful Patel, former civil aviation minister, tweeted “That the pilot saved many lives at the cost of her own, by swerving to avoid crashing in a busy area.”