Mumbai: The crash of a chartered plane in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar killed five people – two co-pilots, mechanical engineer and junior technician on the plane and one pedestrian – and injured two others on Thursday afternoon. The smoke from the flames engulfed the construction site in the suburbs where the plane crashed after it caught fire. According to sources, the aircraft was not worthy of a flight and it was severely damaged in a crash in Allahabad in 2009.
The sources also said that yesterday’s flight was the first time after the 2009 crash. A government official from UP said, as reported by the Times of India, King Air C90 was owned by the state government before the cabinet decided to dispose of it as the cost of its repair was heavy. Sold in 2014, the new owners – UY Aviation Pvt Ltd – told the TOI that it could be six years ago that the chartered aircraft took off.
Accountable manager of UY Aviation said the aircraft was undergoing major repairs at a company Indamer for more than one year. Chauhan said, “Though we have ownership of the aircraft, it was under the care of Indamer company. The aircraft was not yet handed over to us, it did not have a certificate of airworthiness.”
Indamer, the company which repaired the aircraft said the crash is under investigation by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation safety wing. CEO of the company Rajeev Gupta, said, “Test flights shouldn’t be carried out in poor weather. It was raining heavily in Mumbai when the aircraft lifted off, that isn’t an ideal condition, the test flight should have been postponed.”