Five people were killed when a chartered plane, which was on a test flight, crashed in Ghatkopar area of Mumbai. The five included the two pilots, two aircraft maintenance engineers and a pedestrian.
The King Air C90 12-seater aircraft had taken off from the Juhu airstrip on a test flight.
The plane was earlier registered to UP Government but it was sold in 2014 to a Mumbai-based company, UY aviation. Avnish Awasthi, UP Principal Secretary Information, said, “The chartered plane which has crashed (in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar) 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.”
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the site of the crash and said that the ones responsible for the incident need to be found out.
Fadnavis said, “It is a worrying incident. What were the reasons behind the crash and who is responsible for it needs to be found out.”
Maharashtra has witnessed three fatal air crashes since the start of this year.
The name of the victims are Captain PS Rajput, Co-pilot Maria Zuberi, Aircraft Technician Manish Pandey, Aircraft Engineer Surbhi and an unidentified bystander.