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10 people killed in BSF aircraft crash

Tue 22 Dec 2015, 14:09:46
New Delhi: All the 10 people on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF plane carrying technical personnel were killed when it crashed near Dwarka today and burst into flames just outside the IGI airport here shortly after take-off.
Aviation sources said the accident happened at around 9.50 am when the twin-engine Superking plane crashed into the airport boundary wall near a railway track and landed in a sewage treatment plant while returning back apparently due to a 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. "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. There were two pilots on board.
"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," he added.
BSF sources said the technicians were on their way to Ranchi to repair a helicopter.
The DG-level talks between India and Bangladesh scheduled today in Dhaka have been canelled in the wake of the crash, according to BSF sources.
Police said six bodies have been recovered from the crash site. 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.
Eyewitnesses said the plane hit a wall outside the technical area of the airport before bursting into flames and then crashed into a water body.

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