It was only a few minutes since security guard Samsher Khan got out to tea at a local tea shop in front of the Old Malik Estate construction site. What he has seen from afar, Khan will say he will never be able to accept it. "A huge plane crashed where I've been working for months, it was a deafening noise, almost like an explosion – and in no time the site caught fire," says Khan.
The twelve-seat aircraft of the King Air C90 had crashed into a Jeep-Daya lane near a switchboard on a construction sire in the bustling suburb of Ghatkopar, Mumbai. All four – Maria Kuber, the pilot in charge, Pradip Rajput, her co-driver, Manish Pandey, the aircraft engineer, and Surabhi, a mechanical engineer ̵
After the first few minutes of the shock, when Khan came to his senses again, he said he inquired about the 50 workers on the site. They had had lunch just a few minutes before the accident. "Everyone leaves for lunch at 1 pm and does not return until 2 pm The accident happened at 1:10," Khan said. Three people who were still on site suffered burns and are treated at the Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar. Vidya Thakur, the medical superintendent at the hospital, confirmed that her conditions are stable, even though all three suffered burn injuries. "One of them has severe burn injuries on the face and two on the limbs, we're monitoring their condition, they're out of danger," Dr. Thakur The Wire. The bodies of the five deceased were mailed postmortem
The crashed aircraft was on a test flight and was only a few minutes ago flown by the nearby Juhu runway. Sources in the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) confirmed that the flight resumed after all surveillance and security controls. "The reasons for the crash are yet to be determined, but a preliminary survey shows that it was not bad weather, we found the" black box "from the crash site in the investigation and analysis of the last signals, the pilot Air Traffic Control has sent us the cause of the crash, "said a senior officer to The Wire.
The DGCA had sent their team of officers preliminary investigation in place as soon as the news of the crash broke out. A National Disaster Response Force team was also on hand to help the DGCA investigate and ensure that no one was crushed under the rubble.
Ghatkopar, where the crash took place, is only a few kilometers away from the domestic airport. The inhabitants here are used to aircraft movements. But the fear of the crash is also great in this area, in the vicinity of which several skyscrapers were built. Shailaja Pai, a 35-year-old resident of a nearby building, said she ran out of her apartment on the tenth floor in a 12-story apartment and thought that there was a bomb blast. "There was smoke and fire all around, I thought it was an explosion in the building, I panicked, planes float around our buildings day and night, it's scary," Pai said. The rules on height limitation (to safeguard flight operations) 2015 have a clear standard and limit the construction of high-rise buildings around the airport. But the standards were openly disregarded.
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In panic there were also several workers who uttered a sigh of relief. Today (June 28) about 50 of them came to the 12-hour shift. Most of them, like the carpenter Omprakash Prajapati, work and live here. "Fifteen of us came here two weeks ago, the contractor gave us work and a place to live in. Almost all of us are migrants who have come to work in the city, and now we do not know if ours Work is affected and whether we will have a place to stay, but we are just happy to be alive, "Prajapati said.
Another security guard, Keshnath Tiwari, has been standing in the outhouse since the accident and helps the local helpers. He also told the story of his escape and told The Wire that the sacrifice would have been much higher without the lunch break.
According to the DGCA and also what former aviation minister Praful Patel had posted on social media, the pilot had averted a much larger accident by diverting the plane into an open space just before the crash. According to official statements, Kuber's reputation at the end of her life was a sign of great presence of mind and courage. Maria Kuber, 48, resident of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, had over 1,000 hours of flying time. Her husband Prabhat Katuriya has claimed that the flight was on a test drive, even if the weather was not conducive. Speaking to the media from the Rajawadi hospital, Katuriya claimed that his wife and others had died because of the officials' wrong decision.
Since the flight bore the logo of the Uttar Pradesh government, it was initially assumed that the escape belonged to UP. But later, Secretary-General (Information) Awanish Awasthi clarified that the flight was originally owned by the UP government and was purchased by Mumbai's UY aviation. Awasthi told the news agency ANI: "The chartered plane that crashed (in Mumbai Ghatkopar) is not part of the UP government, which the state government had sold to the UY Aviation in Mumbai four years ago, after the aircraft crashed completed in Allahabad. "The flight that crashed today was 20 years old.
According to official figures, the aircraft was a civilian supply aircraft with a capacity of seven included two crew members and five passengers. It is powered by a 550hp Pratt & Whitney engine. The website of GlobalAir (a Mexican airline) claims that C90 can reach a maximum height of 30,000 feet and a maximum speed of 223 knots. The aircraft is 35 feet 5 inches long and 14 feet 3 inches tall.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the site of the accident that evening, said he had asked for a team of investigating officers to handle the case "It's a disturbing incident." What were the reasons for the crash and who is responsible – must be found out, "he told the media.
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