New Delhi: Ten people were killed when a small Ranchi-bound BSF Superking aircraft with two pilots and eight technicians on board crashed near Dwarka in Delhi shortly after take-off.
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.
Eyewitnesses said the plane hit a wall before bursting into flames and then crashed into a water body.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the crash and has rushed to the crash site.
“The tragic news of BSF plane crash near IGI airport in New Delhi is extremely painful. Rushing to the crash site immediately,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweet.
“We saw a plane spiralling 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 Suraj 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.
(With agency inputs)