Mumbai Plane Crash: Aircraft Was Under Repair for 18 Months

5 people were confirmed dead after a chartered plane crashed in a residential area of Mumbai’s Ghatkopar on 28 June

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5 people were killed in Ghatkopar where a chartered plane crashed on Thursday, 28 June, killing four people on board and one pedestrian.

A 12-seater aircraft crashed in a crowded Mumbai suburb Ghatkopar on 28 June, killing both the pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers on board, besides a pedestrian, the police said.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited the site in Ghatkopar where the plane crashed on Thursday, 28 June, killing four people on board and one pedestrian.

  • The aircraft had taken off from the Juhu airstrip on a test flight
  • It lost control when it was four nautical miles from Juhu
11:09 AM , 30 Jun

Five People's Deaths Was Because of Shock from Burns & Poly-Trauma: Report

The post-mortem report of the 5 people who had lost their lives in the flight crash in Mumbai's Ghatkopar states the reason of their death as 'shock due to burn & poly-trauma’, ANI reported.

A day before she boarded the aircraft she told me that she’s about to fly a sick aircraft. This is a clear case of carelessness. This incident could have been avoided.
Father of Maintenance Engineer Surabhi Gupta who lost her life in the crash
3:20 AM , 30 Jun

We Want to Know Who Exactly Was at Fault: Husband of Deceased Co-Pilot

Husband of the co-pilot of the chartered plane, on 29 June, sought to know who cleared the flight despite the adverse weather conditions and if the aircraft was fit for flying.

Prabhat Kathuria, the husband of Marya Zuberi, the co-pilot who along with four others was killed in the incident, is still to come to terms with the loss.

Prabhat Kathuria, the husband of late Marya Zuberi, the co-pilot who lost her life in the crash, issued a statement saying, "The company involved in the ill-fated plane's repairs seems to have been incapable of detecting the technical snags that could have led to its crash."

Kathuria said that his wife had mentioned to him that the weather conditions were not conducive for a test flight to be conducted for a small plane like Beechcraft King Air C90 aircraft.

"She was sure that the permission to undertake such a flight would not be given," the statement read.

"Considering Captain (Pradip) Rajput held and shared the same view with Marya, I was confident they would not fly this day. The weather conditions were just not right," he said.

Kathuria also questioned if the aircraft was fit to fly.

"We know that the aircraft was well beyond its prime. We know it was more than 20 years old. We know it had already had an accident in 2009 and that the UP government chose to sell it rather than spend on its repairs. Considering all... the family of Marya Zuberi wants answers. We want to know who exactly was at fault," he said.

Kathuria said UY Aviation, the owners of the aircraft, "seem to have completely disregarded their responsibility to check whether such a plane should go off the ground".

4:38 PM , 29 Jun

Mortal Remains of Victims Handed Over to Families

The mortal remains of people who lost their lives in the chartered plane crash in Ghatkopar was handed over to their families at Rajawadi Hospital on Friday, 29 June.

2:18 PM , 29 Jun

'Aircraft Was Repaired After Being Sold to Indamer Aviation'

The aircraft was repaired after it was sold to Indamer Aviation & damaged parts were also replaced. But the incident is really unfortunate as it claimed 5 lives: Kanu Gohain, Executive Director of Indamer Aviation Pvt Ltd (IAPL) on Mumbai chartered plane crash.

Published: 28 Jun 2018, 1:59 PM IST
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