All 10 officials of the Border Security Force aboard a BSF aircraft that crashed in west Delhi’s Dwarka area after developing a technical snag were killed on Tuesday.
The 10 BSF technical officials who were on board the Ranchi-bound plane have been identified as RP Yadav, Rajesh Shivrain, BP Bhatt, D Kumar, SN Sharma, Ravindra Kr, Chote Lal, DP Chouhan, Sundar Singh and K Rawat.
The pilot informed air traffic controller of a technical snag after taking off at 9:45am from the city airport and was asked to return, but it crashed soon after.
Rescue officials said the plane crashed just before the boundary wall of the airport near a railway crossing and the pilot may have tried to avoid residential areas to avoid more casualties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his cabinet colleagues and leaders from various political parties took to Twitter to offer their condolences to the families of those killed in the crash.
Here are a few tweets:
Pained by the loss of lives in the BSF plane crash in Delhi. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 22, 2015
May Almighty have mercy, first the BSF Plane and now this. Good that it was an empty plane. https://t.co/iqZufXm9KJ— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) December 22, 2015
BSF plane crash is extremely unfortunate. My heartfelt sympathies to the families who lost their dear ones— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 22, 2015
Extremely sad to learn of the BSF plane crash near Delhi airport. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 22, 2015
Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has expressed shock & distress over the tragic BSF aircraft crash in Delhi today. (1/2)— INC India (@INCIndia) December 22, 2015
Smt. Gandhi has conveyed her condolences to the bereaved families.— INC India (@INCIndia) December 22, 2015