Five people died after a Beechcraft King Air C90 aircraft crashed in Ghatkopar, Mumbai
All occupants on board, which included Two pilots Capt P S Rajput and Capt Maria and two aircraft maintenance engineers along with one person on the ground are dead.
The aircraft was less than three km from Mumbai airport main runway 27 when it crashed.
The 12-seater aircraft (VT-UPZ), which took off from Juhu airport crashed in the compound wall of an under-construction building called Jagruti around 1.10pm.
The fire from the burning wreckage was brought under control by 1.40 pm, said a fire brigade personnel.
The aircraft belonged to the Mumbai-based company, U Y Aviation Pvt Ltd and is owned by gutkha baron Dipak Kothari,”
“It’s a 23-year-old aircraft which earlier belonged to the UP government and was purchased by this company two years ago,”
Main runway 09/27 of the Mumbai airport has been closed and flight operations moved to the secondary runway.
The crash site falls in the approach path of the main runway. Smoke from the wreckage would have led the air traffic control to move flights to the secondary runway.
A Mumbai fire official said five bodies had been recovered from the site. Two others were injured.
India’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau said it would conduct an investigation into the crash