BSF plane crashes near Delhi airport
22 Dec 2015
- A Beechcraft Superking B200 plane, chartered by the Border Security Force crashed in Dwarka, near Delhi Airport shortly after take-off.
- According to reports, there were ten people on the plane, including the pilots, all of who died in the crash.
- Delhi police and fire department personnel were dispatched to the crash site.
- There were no immediate reports of other casualties due to the crash.
Who died in the BSF plane crash?
- Ten people died in the crash: two pilots, six technicians, one engineer and a crew member.
- Media reports identified the deceased as Pilot Rajesh Shivrain, Co-pilot Deputy Commandant D Kumar, Captain Bhagwati Prasad, Ravindra Kumar, SN Sharma, Surender Singh, CL Sharma, DP Chauhan, KR Rawat and RP Yadav.
- Officials said the crew were flying to Ranchi to conduct repairs on a damaged helicopter.
How did the plane crash?
- According to reports, the plane took off from Delhi at 9:37 A.M, however, within a few minutes it developed a technical problem and reportedly turned back to Delhi airport.
- According to witnesses, the plane hit the boundary wall of the airport technical area and landed in a sewage treatment plant.
- Officials said the plane lost contact with the ATC before it crashed.
The BSF air wing has a fleet of four fixed wing aircraft including the crashed Beechcraft Superking and 15 helicopters. The Superking was inducted in 1994-95 and was used in air-support roles.
Is the Superking accident prone?
- According to the Aviation Safety Network, a private institute that provides details on air crashes across the world, the Beechcraft Superking B200 is prone to technical snags.
- According to the Aviation Safety database, in 2015 there have been 13 accidents involving the B200, a majority of which have happened in the US.
- The BSF's B200 aircraft maintained an accident free record since 1994.
What are officials saying about the crash?
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma stated that an inquiry has been initiated over the crash.
- BSF DG Devendra Kumar Pathak said that the kin of the deceased will get ₹20,00,000 from BSF's internal insurance fund.
- DG level talks between BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh, scheduled for today, have been canceled due to the crash.
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