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Pvt plane crashes while landing at Juhu Aerodrome

The accident happened just after the pilot sought ATC permission to return to Mumbai following problem in radio communication.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 22:23 IST

A four-seater twin engine aircraft with the pilot and co-pilot on board crashed on landing at the Juhu Aerodrome on Friday. Both escaped with minor injuries.

The accident happened just after the pilot sought ATC permission to return to Mumbai following problem in radio communication.

The Beechcraft B 55 aircraft belonging to Mumbai based Container Movement Transport Pvt Ltd while landing 'just dropped like a stone' on the runway and caught fire.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing into the incident and finding out the cause of the crash.

The private aircraft took off from the Mumbai airport at 10.57 am for Vadodara. On the way the pilot faced radio communication problems and citing technical reasons, wanted to return to Juhu to rectify the problem.

While he was about to land at 11.25 am, the plane crashed. The pilots escaped safely as the plane crashed from a very short distance.

Speaking to HT, General Manager Aerodrome GP Hella said, "The pilot sought permission to land at Juhu aerodrome citing technical problems. As he was about to approach the runway, the plane took a nosedive.

Owing to huge amount of fuel before take off, fire engulfed the aircraft and caused extensive damage."

According to airport officials, the private aircraft with the registration no VT-EDL was registered in 1974 with manufacturing date of 1970.

It was purchased two months back by Continental from the UP government and only 45 days back the Bombay Flying Club at Juhu signed a contract to maintain it.

Since its purchase, the plane was stationed at Kalina section of the Mumbai airport as there was no space at Juhu due to flooding.

The crew took permission for a cross country to Vadodara as the aircraft was not in operation for a long time.

Bombay Flying Club secretary BL Bijlani said, "We have been maintaining the plane since last one month and it was in perfect flying condition as per DGCA norms. This was the first time that captain Peter was landing at the Juhu aerodrome with this aircraft."

"Prima facie the crash seems unusual. It is believed that the engines failed just before landing. The damage could have been extensive had it crashed on any building. Soon after the incident, I promptly informed the GDCA to look into the matter," Hella added.

GDCA Director Air Safety P Shaw told HT, "I had inspected the spot and inquiry is on. We are on the job. The plane has suffered extensive damage."

According to airport officials the pilot was coming to Bombay Flying Club's Juhu base to get the problems rectified so that he could again head towards Vadodara.

But before the pilot could visit the workshop, the plane crashed. The pilot has been identified as Captain Navin Peter. The co-pilot, a woman, has been identified as captain Sheril.