Mumbai chartered plane crashes: 5 killed in Ghatkopar suburbsNH Bureau Thursday, 28 June 2018 03:43:53 PM
Breaking news from Mumbai, Maharashtra reveals that a King Air C90 charter aircraft crashed in Ghatkopar, the congested central suburbs of city, on Thursday afternoon.
The BMC disaster control room has confirmed that five people have died in the unfortunate incident. Four people on board and one pedestrian on the ground are found dead.
The aircraft crashed onto an under-construction building called Jagruti around 1.30 pm, said a source. The aircraft was less than three km away from Mumbai airport main runway 27 when it crashed.
The fire bursting out from the burning remains was brought under control by 1.40 pm, said a fire brigade personnel adding that three fire engine one jumbo water tanker is currently on the site.
"The 12-seater aircraft (VT-UPZ) had four occupants, one pilot and three passengers. Two charred bodies have been recovered from the site," said the fire brigade.
The aircraft belongs to Mumbai-based company, U Y Aviation Pvt Ltd and is owned by gutkha baron Dipak Kothari," said an aviation source. "It's an old aircraft which earlier belonged to the UP government," the source added.
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 main runway. Possibly, the smoke from the wreckage would have led the air traffic control to move flights to the secondary runway.
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