Mumbai plane crash: Chartered plane crashes in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar residential area, five killed
Mumbai plane crash: A 12-seater chartered aircraft has crashed in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area killing at least five persons, including the pilot, three passengers and a pedestrian. The plane – KING AIR C90 – bearing call sign – VT-UPZ crashed into a construction site. Two charred body has been found near the crash site. We are enquiring whether it’s a pedestrian or flight crew member, said Lakhmi Gautam, Additional Commissioner of Police, East region Mumbai.
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According to the initial information, the chartered plane crashed at 01:35 pm on Thursday at Old Malik Estate, near telephone exchange, Prithvi building in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar (W). The plane had taken off from Juhu for testing, a ground report said. Mumbai’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade, 108 ambulance service and police services have been mobilised. A team of National Disaster Relief Force has also been rushed to the spot.
According to the fire officials, the department a distress call at 01:16 pm. The brigade rushed three fire engines to the spot, which were able to extinguished blaze by 01:40 pm. The chartered plane was a 12-seater and belonged to Dipak Kothari’s UY Aviation. It was sold by the Uttar Pradesh Government to the private company in 2014.
The plane crashed in a densely populated area, but fortunately it crashed on an under-construction site, which limited the number of casualties in the incident. The cause of accident is yet to be ascertained.
Mumbai has been receiving incessant rains since last couple of days and it was overcast when the incident took place.