On a very unfortunate occasion, a Beechcraft KingAir C90 crashed in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area, which is thickly populated. Five people including two pilots, two engineers onboard, and a pedestrian near the crash site were found dead. The aircraft crashed on a construction site, where, at the time of the crash, not many workers were present.

Crash Site. Photo by NDTV

The Beechcraft, registered VT-UPZ, was a privately owned aircraft belonging to a Mumbai-based company. It was previously owned by the Uttar Pradesh (Indian State) Government. The aircraft took off from Mumbai’s Juhu Airport at 12:20 (IST) to conduct a test flight. At 13:08 (IST) it lost contact with Mumbai ATC. At around 13:15, (IST) it reportedly crashed in Ghatkopar. It was reportedly on a final approach for CSIA’s (Mumbai Int’l) Runway 27.

Five people, including a pedestrian, died in the crash”, the Mumbai Police said. Fire and medical services were rushed to the scene soon after the crash was reported. The aircraft crashed with a loud deafening sound, according to witnesses.

The crash site. Photo by NDTV

Indian Aviation Officials said that there could have been a major disaster had the pilot not managed to steer the plane on to an open site at the last minute, as the surrounding area is thickly populated and full with a number of under-construction buildings.

“Salute to the pilot who showed presence of mind to avoid a big mishap, saving many lives at the cost of her own life. #RIP to all the 5 Dead. My deepest condolences,” former Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel tweeted.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it is sending a team to investigate the cause of the crash.

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, visited the crash site the same afternoon. Giving his condolences, 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. 5 people lost their lives in the crash.”

A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also been pressed into service to try to identify a cause. The investigation team has already recovered the black box from the crash site, and a detailed report can be expected soon. The aircraft was on its first test flight after being purchased by the Mumbai-based company. It had an incident at Ahmedabad Airport in 2014.
The Black Box being recovered from the crash site. Photo by ANI

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