BSF aircraft crashes near Dwarka, killing all 10 onboard

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015,12:48 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | All 10 onboard a BSF plane were killed in a crash near Dwarka here shortly after take-off Tuesday, PTI reported quoting Civil Aviation Minister Mahesh Sharma.

Two pilots and eight technicians were on board the small Ranchi-bound BSF Superking aircraft when it crashed at Bagdola village near Dwarka.

Aviation sources said the accident happened at around 9.50 am when the plane crashed into the airport boundary wall and landed in a sewage treatment plant while returning back due to apparent 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.

BSF sources said the technicians were on the way to Ranchi to repair a helicopter.  Eyewitnesses said the plane hit a wall before bursting into flames and then crashed into a water body. Joint Commissioner of Police Devender Pathak said they have recovered two bodies from the crash. “We saw a plane spiraling down which crashed near the wall where work was going on. I could spot one body. A laborer who was working was also injured,” an eye witness told reporters.  The area was engulfed in dense smoke and fire with pieces of aircraft spread around.

Delhi Fire Service cheif A K Sharma said 15 tenders have rushed to the spot.

An inquiry has been ordered by the Civil Aviation Ministry.  Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the crash and has 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 Commandant, six technicians, one engineer and one crew member.

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.