- The plane took off from Juhu airstrip for a test flight
- Praful Patel said pilot avoided bigger tragedy at cost of her own life
- The 12-seater plane was reportedly 20 years old
Moments before a small Beechcraft C 90 crashed at a Mumbai suburb this afternoon, the pilot swerved to avoid hitting any residential building, saving many lives, tweeted former aviation minister Praful Patel.
The plane took off from the Juhu Aerodrome for a test flight, with two pilots and two maintenance engineers. It crashed a little after 1 pm, killing all four on board and a man on the ground.
The crash site was near to buildings under construction, so there were very few people there at the time.
Facing engine trouble, the pilot wanted an emergency landing on the main runway of the Mumbai airport instead of heading to Juhu Aerodrome but crashed just a short distance from the airport.
Praful Patel praised the pilot, saying she had avoided a bigger tragedy at the cost of her own life.
Saddened to hear about the unfortunate incident at #ghatkopar as Charter plane crashes in an open area. 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.- Praful Patel (@praful_patel) June 28, 2018
The 12-seater plane was reportedly 20 years old.
A fire brigade official said, "Our control room received a call at 1.15 pm informing a plane crash. Our jawans were immediately rushed at the site to launch the rescue operation. Four fire engines and as many water tankers were rushed to put out the fire."
"The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau will conduct a detailed probe into the crash. A DGCA team is already on its way to the spot," Director General of Civil Aviation BS Bhullar was quoted as telling the Press Trust of India.