Flames and black smoke were seen rising from the wreckage. The plane was about to land at the Mumbai airport when it crashed some distance away in Ghatkopar. It was on a test flight. “There was a huge explosion and the adjacent tree caught fire and the fire spilled on the streets,” a man told to media. The plane, a Beechcraft King Air C 90 twin-turboprop, was sold by the Uttar Pradesh government to a Mumbai-based company, UY Aviation, in 2014. Former civil aviation minister Praful Patel tweeted that the pilot saved many lives at the cost of her own, by swerving to avoid crashing in a busy area. Several fire engines were rushed to the site.
Scene of the plane crash
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it was sending a team to investigate the cause. This is the second mishap in Maharashtra in many days. On Wednesday, a Sukhoi jet awaiting induction in the air force crashed this morning in Maharashtra’s Nashik when it was on a test flight.In another incident in Delhi, an Air India plane with 124 passengers made emergency landing today at Patna airport after a bird hit it. The flight was bound for Delhi. All passengers are safe, news agency ANI reported.