BSF aircraft with 10 people on board crashes in Delhi
New Delhi,22 December: A small 11-seater aircraft of Border Security Force (BSF) crashed in Dwarka near the Delhi airport on Tuesday shortly after take-off. The 10 on board the ill-fated aircraft
comprised the pilot, who was a second-in-command rank officer of SIB, the co-pilot, who is a Deputy Commandant,six technicians,one engineer and one crew member.This aircraft was inducted during 1994-95 in the BSF, a force spokesperson said.
According to BSF PRO V.N. Parasar,the incident took place at around 9:50 am near Shahbad village in Delhi’s Dwarka sector 8. The three senior officials identified are Captain Prashad, Captain Rajesh Jhivrin and Deputy Commandant Dilip Kumar. The other seven were inspectors and below rank officers. They were identified as Raghvendra Kumar, TP Chauhan, CL Sharma, KR Rawat, Surender Singh, R Kumar and S Sharma.
The accident happened at around 9.50 am when the twin-engine Superking plane crashed into the airport boundary wall near a railway track and landed in a sewage treatment plant while returning back apparently due to a technical problem five minutes after it took off for Ranchi.The aircraft lost contact with the Air Traffic Control, at 9.50 am, they said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh rushed to the crash site after briefing Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma has launched an inquiry into the incident. DG-level talks between India and Bangladesh have been cancelled in the wake of the plane crash. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences.
Eyewitnesses said the plane hit a wall before bursting into flames and then crashed into a water body.BSF sources said the technicians were on their way to Ranchi to repair a helicopter. Police said six bodies have been recovered from the crash site. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the crash.
Eyewitnesses said the plane hit a wall outside the technical area of the airport before bursting into flames and then crashed into a water body. “We saw a plane spiralling down which crashed near the wall where work was going on.I could sport one body. A labourer who was working was also injured,” an eye witness Smart said.The area was engulfed in dense smoke and fire with pieces of aircraft spread around. Delhi Fire Service chief A K Sharma said 15 tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames.Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey said “We are trying to identify a pilot who has flown the type of aircraft that has crashed,”.
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