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Five persons were killed and two injured as a chartered plane VT-UPZ, King Air C-90 crashed into a construction site in an open area site at Old Malik Estate near telephone exchange on Jeev Saya Lane in Ghatkopa.

According to reports, the plane was about to land at Mumbai Juhu airport when it crashed some distance away in Ghatkopar, killing all four on board – two pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers (AME) – and one person on the ground, Lalit Gupta, director general of civil aviation (DGCA) said.

The deceased have been identified as Captain PS Rajput, Co-pilot Maria Zuberi, Assistant Maintenance Engineer Surbhi and air technician Manish Panday.

“The aircraft took off from Juhu airport for a test flight. A DGCA team is on the way for preliminary investigation. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) shall do a detailed one,” Mr. Gupta said.

The reason for the accident is not known at the moment. A team from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is on its way to Mumbai to conduct a preliminary investigation into the accident. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau will conduct a detailed probe into the crash.

The aircraft identified as VT-UPZ, KING AIR C90 belongs to UY aviation, a Mumbai based company. It was earlier owned by the Uttar Pradesh government. It was sold off after it met an accident in Allahabad in the past.

According to the DGCA, the plane took off from the Juhu airport on a test flight. The 12-seater plane was reportedly delivered to the UP government in 1995, ANI reported.

The Uttar Pradesh government in a statement has clarified that the chartered plane which has crashed was sold to Mumbai’s Y. U Aviation Pvt Ltd., “The deal was done after the plane had met with an accident in Allahabad,” UP’s Principal Secretary (Information) Avnish Awasthi said.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has expressed deep shock over the crash. He has directed concerned officials to rush to the accident spot in and provide all possible assistance.

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