Tuesday 25 September 2018

Probe ordered into deadly plane crash in busy Mumbai district

At least six people were killed in the tragedy in the Ghatkopar area.

Rescuers search among the wreckage (AP)
Rescuers search among the wreckage (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

A probe has been launched after a small chartered plane crashed into a busy area of Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, killing at least six people including two on the ground.

Police said the plane hit an open area at a construction site for a multi-storey building in the Ghatkopar district, a crowded area with many residential apartments.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) said the fatalities included two pilots and two flight engineers on the aircraft.

Police officer Ashok Shirsad said two people on the ground were also killed.

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The plane came down in a busy district of India’s financial and entertainment capital (AP)

The PTI said the 12-seat Beechcraft King Air C90 crashed after taking off on a test flight from Mumbai’s Juhu airstrip, which is used by small planes and is some distance from the city’s main airport.

Television images showed parts of the plane burning on the ground. Eight fire trucks attended the crash site.

Fire official R Pawar said the bodies recovered from the wreckage were badly burned.

Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an investigation into the crash.

Press Association

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