A BSF aircraft carrying technicians from the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi to Ranchi had crashed near Dwarka, killing all ten on the board. The crash took place shortly after takeoff, when it hit the airport boundary wall near a railway track and landed in a sewage treatment plant.
According to sources, the twin engine Superking plane lost contact with the Air Traffic Control at 9:50 am today, while returning back due to technical glitches within five minutes of takeoff.
“It is unfortunate that all 10 people including the pilots have died in the crash,” Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said.
The 10 on board included 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. According to BSF personnel, the crew was going to Ranchi to repair a helicopter.
Police has recovered six bodies from the site. “We saw a plane spiraling down which crashed near the wall where work was going on. I could sport one body. A labourer who was working was also injured,” an eye witness said.
Following the ill-fated crash, the Director General level talks between India and Bangladesh scheduled today in Dhaka has been cancelled.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the loss of lives, after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed him about the incident. “Pained by the loss of lives in the BSF plane crash in Delhi. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” he said. The Civil Aviation Ministry has ordered a detailed probe into the matter.