10 killed as BSF plane crashlands in Dwarka


New Delhi, Dec 22:
All 10 persons, including  two pilots and eight technicians, on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF Superking aircraft were killed today after it crashed near Dwarka here shortly after take-off.
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 accident happened around 9.50 am when the plane crashed into the airport boundary wall and landed in a sewage treatment plant while turning back due to apparent technical problem five minutes after it took off for Ranchi.BSF sources said the technicians were on the way to Ranchi to repair a helicopter.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.People injured were taken to a hospital.  The aircraft was usually used by top officials and ministers.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.Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said: “It is unfortunate that all 10 people,including the pilots have died in the crash. It is a matter of probe what led to the crash. We can only tell after the inquiry what were the reasons or lapses resulted in this incident.”The Lt Governor of Delhi and BSF DGP also reached the site. All plights were suspended at Delhi airport due to the crash.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the crash. “Pained by the loss of lives in the BSF plane crash in Delhi. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” he said.