Mumbai: Chartered plane crashes in Ghatkopar, 5 people dead

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A chartered plane crashed in Mumbai on Thursday (28 June) afternoon, killing five people, including a passerby.

Fire brigades and ambulances have been rushed to the spot. The crash took place near Sarvodaya hospital. Rescue operations are underway. There were four people in the aircraft, and their bodies have been taken to Rajawadi Hospital. The hospital has said two persons were brought with serious injuries, reported Indian Express.

Prapti Pednekar, a resident in the area, said: “there is a lot of smoke and no clarity how many people are inside. The passerby who died when the aircraft crashed was taken away in an ambulance.”

A senior DGCA official said: “UY Aviation Pvt Ltd King Air C-90 aircraft VT-UPZ has met with an accident at Mumbai. Operator bought this aircraft from the Uttar Pradesh government. The aircraft took off from Juhu airport for a test flight. There were two pilots and two Aviation Maintenance Engineers on board. All on board aircraft along with one person on ground are dead. Accident site is Ghatkopar, Mumbai. A DGCA team is on its way for a preliminary investigation. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will do a detailed investigation.”

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also been pressed into service.

More details are awaited.

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