A 12-seater chartered plane, identified as VT-UPZ, KING AIR C90, crashed in Mumbai’s congested Ghatkopar area today. According to reports the Black-box of the plane has been recovered.
The accident is believed to have claimed the lives of five people and left several others injured. The accident took place near Sarvodaya Hospital in the Ghatkopar area, and is reported to have crashed while attempting to land.
According to reports the plane is believed to belong to the government of Uttar Pradesh, however, UP government’s principal secretary, Avnish Awasthi informed that the plane was sold to Mumbai’s UY Aviation. “The deal was done after the plane met with an accident in Allahabad,” said the secretary.
According to reports the 5 killed are Captain Maria, Surbhi (Engineer), Captain Pradeep Rajput, Manish (Technician) and an unknown person.
The crash site where the plane met with the fatal accident is believed to be less than three kilometers from Mumbai airport’s main runway 27. After the crash the Mumbai airport’s main runway 9/27 has been closed and operations has been shifted to a secondary runway, reported sources.
Preliminary investigation of the incident has been conducted by The Mumbai Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the detailed investigation will be carried out by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau.
Various leaders have expressed their shock over the accident and Chief Minister of Maharashtra has visited the site to take stock of the developments.