Mumbai, June 29: At least five persons were killed after a chartered plane crashed upon an under-construction building in Ghatkopar on Thursday.
“Two pilots, two Aircraft Maintenance Engineers on board and one person on the ground are dead in the Mumbai chartered plane crash” stated Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Fire brigade, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams rushed to the spot.
The aircraft identified as VT-UPZ, KING AIR C90, was going towards Juhu airport when it crashed near Ghatkopar.
According to Eyewitnesses the plane was seen hurtling down and crashed with a deafening roar before bursting into flames around 1.15 p.m.
Rescue officials who rushed to site said four bodies, whose identity was not clear, had been recovered from the smoking plane’s wreckage.
Clarifying the media reports that the crashed aircraft belonged to the Uttar Pradesh government, Principal Secretary Information Avnish Awasthi said “he chartered plane which has crashed (in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar) does not belong to UP govt. The state govt had sold it to Mumbai’s UY Aviation. The deal was done after the plane had met with an accident in Allahabad
The cause of the crash is yet to be known.