Mumbai plane crash: Aircraft did not have a certificate of airworthiness
MUMBAI: A 26-year-old charter aircraft, on its way to a landing at Juhu airport during a test flight, crashed into open space near a construction site in the crowded Mumbai suburb of Ghatkopar on Thursday afternoon, killing all four crew members and a labourer on the ground. Had the King Air C90 aircraft, which appeared to have lost control when it was around 700 feet over the ground, plunged into any of the highrises in the surroundings, it would have been a major tragedy.
Both pilots, Capt Pradeep Rajput and Capt Maria Zuberi, along with aircraft maintenance engineer Surabhi Gupta and junior technician Manish Pandey died on the spot. A construction labourer, Govind Dubey, was killed in the fire that broke out when the jet fuel tank exploded. At least 35 workers, who were on a lunch break in the basement of the under-construction building, had a lucky escape.
Two of the labourers who were on the ground floor were injured. The aircraft, which was on its first flight after being grounded for around nine years, is suspected to have crashed due to mechanical failure. The pilots gave out no distress message or “Mayday” call to Mumbai airport’s air traffic controller. Around 1.10 pm, onlookers along Jivdaya lane saw the plane coming down engulfed in flames.
“We were waiting for an autorickshaw when we saw a burning plane falling. It all happened so suddenly. Within seconds it crashed and was engulfed in smoke,” said Nami and Malay Shah, two teens who live nearby.
Nami and Malay Shah, two teens who live in Girdhar building near the crash site, said, “We heard three blasts one after the other.” The twin-engine turbo prop had departed for a 50-minute test flight from Juhu airport at 12.20 pm after a puja. Sources from Mumbai and UP said it was the first time the aircraft had taken flight after suffering severe damage in a crash in Allahabad in 2009.
“It was owned by the UP government and the cabinet decided to dispose it of than spend heavily to repair it,” said a former UP government official. The aircraft was finally sold in 2014—after three unsuccessful auctions— to a Pune-based company, which then sold it to Mumbai-based U Y Aviation Pvt Ltd, its current owner.
Anil Chauhan, accountable manager of UY Aviation, said the aircraft was in “the hangar of a maintenance company, Indamer, for over a year and a half, undergoing major repairs. When asked when was the last time it flew, he said, “It was earlier with the UP government and must have flown about six years ago’’.
“Though we have ownership of the aircraft, it was under the care of Indamer company. The aircraft was not yet handed over to us, it did not have a certificate of airworthiness,’’ said Chauhan. The take-off was captured on camera by Indamer engineers — the video is doing rounds on social media — and one can hear applause as the aircraft lifts off the runway.
As it slowly climbs out, an onlooker encouragingly shouts “C’mon baby’’. Rajeev Gupta, CEO of Indamer, said the cause of crash is under investigation by the DGCA safety wing. The ill-fated flight left several unanswered questions. Said a senior commander, who is also a KingAir C-90 examiner: “Test flights shouldn’t be carried out in poor weather. It was raining heavily in Mumbai when the aircraft lifted off, that isn’t an ideal condition, the test flight should have been postponed.”
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Rajeev-13 hours ago
this is India.... you can't ride a car without a proper licence but you can fly an aeroplane without an air worthiness certificate over a populated area.
Logic-13 hours ago-Follow
another example of corrupted lazyaasss indians who don't care about rules and regulations
Prasad-13 hours ago-Follow
So airplanes without an airworthiness certificate can fly over cities? Its like driving a car without licence on a highway.
What a big loophole is this. Just imagine if this aircraft had crashed near railway station or a busy market.
RAJIV AHUJA-9 hours ago-Follow
In India you can''t drive 15 years old car but you can fly 25 years old plane, that too without fitness.
Roshan P Roshan P-13 hours ago-Follow
RIP. The labourer...who died...must not have ever travelled in an airplane. But died in a aircrash.
Vihin-Nihiv-13 hours ago-Follow
It is unwritten rule that anything coming out of UP has to be disastrous. Be it plane, leader or news.
Avinash Chidare-13 hours ago-Follow
Forget about the certificate. The first question that should come to pilots mind is safety of flying that bird. We indian''s don''t take Safety seriously. Very unfortunate to die this way
Kalmokta Banchanbali-Chataak Gaanch Noonay-13 hours ago-Follow
Cool .. this will be the last but one news about this ... now DGCA will wake up and issue angry assertions that everything is alright .. or the company forged papers .. and then silence
Indiankitty-8 hours ago-Follow
It must be made mandatory that a plane without a certificate of airworthiness, should carry only politicians. Problem solved.
Someone With Brain
someone with brain-11 hours ago-Follow
This accident represents state of affairs of Indian government. No wonder India is a failed nation.
Altaf-Bangalore-11 hours ago-Follow
How stupid it was a test flight that took off in poor weather after 9 years being idle ! Absolutely no regard to safety.
Ashish Bandyopadhyay Ashish-9 hours ago-Follow
Govt had banned 15 yr old patrol vehicles & 10 yr old diesel vehicles. However, allowing 26 yr old aircrafts to fly.
Sanevoice Sanevoice-Earth-9 hours ago-Follow
If it was not airworthy why was it being tested in densely populated areas? Flight path should have been on Arabian Sea.
Nk-New Delhi-11 hours ago-Follow
So simple to write " Aircraft did not have a certificate of airworthiness" but who's responsible & who gave the green signal to fly ??. So many precious lives lost. Very sad.
Anthony-goa-8 hours ago-Follow
It's sad should not have tested a aircraft during rains what was so much hurry
ONE LINER Challenge
ONE LINER Challenge-13 hours ago-Follow
THIS IS POSSIBLE ONLY IN INDIA- THE REGULATORS SHOULD HAVE CENSUS OF ALL CRAFTS IN INDIA WITH DETAILS OF CERTIFICATION BEING UPTODATE- OR ATC ALERTED LIKE A RED FLAG.THIS IS PATHETIC
Harjot Singh-13 hours ago-Follow
2 Males and 2 Female passengers (Crew) as it seems were on board. Was it a test flight? Or a joy ride gone wrong?
Sudhir Sudhir-Bangalore-13 hours ago
How come the Govt sold the which is not fit for flying . They shuould have scrapped it or kept as a show piece
XXXYYYZZZ-9 hours ago-Follow
BJP Govt civil aviation ministry responsible.
Nad-Mumbai, Maharashtra, Ind-9 hours ago-Follow
Corruption has made a crash , what about insurance of such person who dead in this accident..
Pinaki-NYC-12 hours ago-Follow
Of it did not have an air worthiness certificate how come ATC allowed ot to fly?? I believe you need an airworthiness even for a test flight.
Ravinder Nath Babbar
Ravinder Nath Babbar-5 hours ago-Follow
Where airport authorities are sleeping. Who cleared it for take offf
Crazyfrog-7 hours ago-Follow
the plane was auctioned instead of going into scraps.??? why UP government
juntao67-Location-8 hours ago-Follow
Many people commenting over here have not been even close to an airport, yet are commenting on how the plane was flying without a certificate.
Raju Raju-Shangai-9 hours ago
This can happen to any aircraft after repairs. Hope citizens living in close proximity to runways have seen the unseen risk.
Robin Pandey-Hyd-9 hours ago-Follow
How the hell the airport allowed it to be airborne? Is it Nehru''s fault too?
Avik-11 hours ago-Follow
It is criminal offence to allow such aircraft to fly over dense Mumbai population. All directors of this company must be arrested..
Bharat Mata Ki Jai
Bharat mata ki jai-India-12 hours ago-Follow
This is example of good governance jumla getting busted
ekdesi-USA-12 hours ago-Follow
What do you expect? Gutka baron owns that plane. He bought it from state govt and must be having high connections to run it without following any rules and regulations.
Gsn Murthy-Rajahmundry-7 hours ago-Follow
Repeat of same story. Unworthy air craft, unworthy and overloaded bus, unworthy overloaded auto ending up with accidents in many cases. The poor traveling public never can evaluate the risk factor nor the regulator / controllers ever do it prior to giving license to operate them. We all raise voice for a couple of days and bury the tragedy to history.