The tragic incident that took place when a small chartered plane crashed in Mumbai's Ghatkopar's populated area had taken the life of five. The CCTV camera installed in a building where the plane crashed and burst into flames has captured the incident. The CCTV footage shows how the crashing plane hits a red vehicle on the road, and then immediately turns into a fire ball.
"There was a loud bang and then we saw the plane," said a teenager who lives in the neighbourhood.
A resident of an apartment complex, Patel Niwas, added: "We are used to planes flying overhead. We thought there was an explosion at the construction site. Only later we realized that a plane had crashed."
The chartered plane crashed the boundary wall of under construction residential complex. In no time after the collision, the plane burst into flames leaving an odd smell of aviation fuel across the area. Reportedly, aircraft parts like the engines, propellers and landing gear were completely burnt even before the fire brigade could reach the spot.
The pilot of the plane, Capt. Pradeep Rajput, woman pilot Capt. Mariya, woman aircraft maintenance engineer Surabhi, who was more than two months pregnant, and her colleague, an aircraft junior technician Manish Pandey, both of Indamer Aviation Pvt Ltd, died in the accident.
The plane, a Beechcraft King Air C 90 turboprop, was sold by the Uttar Pradesh government to a Mumbai-based UY aviation company in 2014. "The deal was done after the plane had met with an accident in Allahabad," UP official Avnish Awasthi was quoted as telling ANI.