Mumbai city witnessed a shocking accident this afternoon when a chartered plane named ‘Beechcraft King Air C 90 Turboprop’ crashed in an open space in the densely populated area of Ghatkopar. The twelve seater plane caught fire as soon as it came crashing down with roar. The aviation sources informed that the plane was heading towards the domestic terminal of Mumbai airport.
According the Times Now report, the pilot and three passengers on board were killed in the crash including a pedestrian who happened to be passing through the same area. The report by close eyewitnesses also say that the person mainly died of burn injuries as he was soaked by the leaking fuel from the aircraft. A video reached our team which seem to be shot from a residence building nearby.
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There were other reports of people being injured in the crash but the reports could not be confirmed and exact number remains unknown. The Fire Brigade teams and ambulances were rushed to the spot immediately.
The incident took place near the MTNL Telephone Exchange at the Old Malik Estate in Sarvodaya Nagar, Ghatkopar at around 1:45 PM. The plane landed with a crash at an under construction site. The images provided by our close sources show the plane in flames and the surroundings engulfed in smoke.
The initial reports had informed that the plane belonged to the Uttar Pradesh government. But later, the UP government denied the news stating that the plane was sold after it had met with an accident. The Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary, Avnish Awasthi as quoted by ANI said, “The chartered plane which has crashed does not belong to UP government. The state government had sold it to Mumbai’s UY aviation. The deal was done after the plane had met with an accident in Allahabad.”
At the time of the crash, the aircraft belonged to a company from Mumbai known as U.Y Aviation private limited owned by a big wheel of the Gutkha production industry, Dipak Kothari. An NDTV report also states that the aircraft was nearly a 20 year old bird delivered to the UP government in 1995. The investigation regarding the crash is underway as reported by Mumbai police. Hence, though the burning wreckage has been brought under control, the reason of the crash is yet to be discovered.
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