1. Plane crash in Dwarka, Delhi: Superking aircraft crashes on take-off; 10 killed

Plane crash in Dwarka, Delhi: Superking aircraft crashes on take-off; 10 killed

Plane crash in Dwarka, Delhi: All the 10 people on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF plane carrying technical personnel were killed when it crashed near Dwarka today and burst into flames just outside the IGI airport here shortly after take-off.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 22, 2015 1:59 PM
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Plane crash in Dwarka, Delhi: 10 people in all have been killed after a small plane of the Border Security Force (BSF) crashed into a wall near the Delhi airport this morning. (ANI Photo)

Plane crash in Dwarka, Delhi: All the 10 people on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF plane carrying technical personnel were killed when it crashed near Dwarka today and burst into flames just outside the IGI airport here shortly after take-off.

Aviation sources said 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.

“It is unfortunate that all 10 people including the pilots have died in the crash,” Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said. There were two pilots on board.

“It is a matter of probe what led to the crash. We can only tell after the inquiry what were the reasons or lapses resulted in this incident,” he added.

BSF sources said the technicians were on their way to Ranchi to repair a helicopter.

The DG-level talks between India and Bangladesh scheduled today in Dhaka have been cancelled in the wake of the crash, according to BSF sources.

Police said six bodies have been recovered from the crash site.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the crash.

“Pained by the loss of lives in the BSF plane crash in Delhi. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” he said.

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 Suraj 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.

An inquiry has been ordered by the Civil Aviation Ministry.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the Prime Minister about the crash and rushed to the crash site.

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 Commandent, six technicians, one engineer and one crew member.

Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said authorities were in the process of setting up a Committee of Inquiry to probe the mishap.

“We are trying to identify a pilot who has flown the type of aircraft that has crashed,” he said.

The victims were identified as chief pilot of the aircraft and Deputy Commandant Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt of BSF, Rajesh Shivrain- second-in-command of paramilitary SSB and co-pilot of the ill-fated flight, Deputy Commandant D Kumar, Inspector Raghvendra Kumar Yadav, Inspector SN Sharma, Sub-Inspectors Ravindra Kumar, Surendra Singh, C L Sharma, ASI D P Chauhan and Constable K R Rawat.

The 11-seater aircraft was inducted during 1994-95 in the BSF, a force spokesperson said.

Chiefs of BSF and SSB, DK Pathak and B D Sharma, have rushed to the site along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

  1. K
    kushal kumar
    Dec 22, 2015 at 11:22 am
    Very sad news. However , readers may like to know that this Vedic astrology writer had over a year past from now on 23rd October 2014 , made alert prediction identifying Novemember – December 2015 to be months of substantial concern for places in India whose name begins with letter “D” while mentioning Delhi specifically for focus during the identified period. The BSF plane has crashed in Dwarka pointing to the emphasis on “D” by this writer accurate. A number of other major events having substantial concern in Delhi during November – December include choking smog , demolition of Jhuggies by Railways in Shakurbasti – Delhi , National Herald case , CBI raids in Delhi Govt Secretariat , protests against release of a juvenile in Nirbhaya case , allegations of corruption against DDCA by the Wikileaks for India , filing of defamation suit in court by shri Arun Jaitley against some AAP members and the like. The alert predictions are available for reading in article – “Months of substantial concern for India in next year 2015” – published online on 23rd October 2014 at thesop.
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