Five people died after a King Air C90 charter aircraft crashed in Ghatkopar, suburbs of Mumbai, on Thursday afternoon. All occupants on board, which included two pilots — Capt P S Rajput and Capt Maria — and two aircraft maintenance engineers along with one person on ground are dead. The plane was a 12-seater aircraft. The wreckage has scattered all over the place.
A DGCA started preliminary investigation on the plane crash. The Plane belongs to UY Aviation. Principal Secretary Information Avnish Awasthi, Uttar Pradesh, said that he plane which had earlier belonged to the UP government was sold to Mumbai’s UY Aviation. The deal was done after the plane had met with an accident in Allahabad.
The aircraft was less than three km from Mumbai airport main runway 27 when it crashed. Main runway 09/27 of the Mumbai airport has been closed and flight operations moved to the secondary runway. The crash site falls in the approach path of main runway. Smoke from the wreckage would have led the air traffic control to move flights to the secondary runway.
Interestingly, one of the three directors of the company, Deepak Kothari. who runs 18 companies is under the umbrella company of Kothari Products Ltd. Kothari is of the Pan Parag family. His brother is the promoter of Rotomac Pens accused of allegedly defaulting on repayment of loans of Rs 2,919 crore.