Posted: Jun 28, 2018 7:00 AM Updated: Jun. 28, 2018 11:27
MUMBAI, India (AP) – A small private plane crashed on Thursday in a bustling area of Mumbai, India's financial center and Entertainment capital, killed five people, including a person on the ground, police said. A former aviation minister said that the pilot had avoided a much higher toll by hitting a construction site on an open area.
The fatalities included the two pilots and two technicians on the plane, the news agency Press Trust of India said. Police officer Vishnu Kolekar said one person was killed on the ground and two others injured. The police said earlier that two were killed on the ground.
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They said it is plowed into an open space on a construction site for a multi-storey building in the Ghatkopar district, a crowded area with many residential apartments. The workers on the construction site had gone to lunch.
Former Minister of Civil Aviation, Praful Patel, a resident of Mumbai, said the pilot prevented many more losses by avoiding residential buildings.
"Greetings to the pilot who showed his presence of mind avoid a great mishap and save many lives at your own expense," he tweeted.
Current Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu ordered an investigation into the cause of the accident.
New Delhi Television reported that the aircraft had an engine trouble and the pilot had requested an emergency landing at Mumbai's main airport.
The aircraft was more than 20 years old and was acquired by the Uttar Pradesh state government in 1995, which sold it to a private company in Mumbai in 2014, UY Aviation, after an accident in 2012, Surya Pal Gangwar said , a state civil aviation official in Lucknow, the state capital. He described neither details of the accident nor the extent of the damage suffered by the aircraft.
TV pictures of the Thursday's accident showed parts of the plane burning on the ground. Eight fire engines hurried to the crash site. Fire Officer R. Pawar said the body recovered from the wreck was badly burned. A strong smell of jet fuel hung over the area.
Surveillance camera video from a nearby building broadcast on NDTV showed the plane hit a red vehicle in an open area and burst into a fireball.
The wreck was spread out over a radius of 50 meters
"We are used to flying planes over us," said a resident of a nearby apartment complex to NDTV. "We thought there was an explosion on the site, and it was only later that we realized that a plane had crashed."
The deadliest accident in Indian aviation in 1996 was a collision near New Delhi, killing all 349 people aboard the two aircraft, a Boeing 747-100B of Saudi Arabian Airlines and an Ilyushin Il-76 of Kazakhstan Airlines ,
An Air India passenger plane crashed in 1978 about 3 kilometers off the coast of Bandra, Mumbai. All 213 passengers and crew were killed.
Another Air India flight from Dubai to Mangalore skipped the runway as it landed and fell over a cliff, catching fire in May 2010. Only eight of the 166 passengers and crew survived.