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Mumbai aircraft crash: Pilot’s husband asks for judicial probe

Prabhat Kathuria, husband of captain Marya Zuberi, one of the five to die in the accident, registered a complaint with the Ghatkopar police on Tuesday against UY Aviation.

mumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2018 12:30 IST
Neha LM Tripathy
Neha LM Tripathy
Hindustan Times
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All four people on board the small aircraft and a pedestrian were killed when the plane crashed at Ghatkopar on June 28.(HT Photo)

The family of one of the pilots who died in the aircraft crash at Ghatkopar on June 28 has demanded a judicial inquiry into the accident.

Prabhat Kathuria, the husband of captain Marya Zuberi, who was one of the five people to die in the accident, registered a complaint with the Ghatkopar police on Tuesday, demanding a First Information Report (FIR) against UY Aviation, the company which owned the aircraft and Indamer, the company which was repairing the aircraft, as also against the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the country’s aviation regulator and the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The family said that they have been offered insurance from the operator. They also said that the aim of the FIR was to ensure so that such incidents take place again. The local police is yet to register the FIR. The Beechcraft King Air C90, which was on a test flight, crashed few minutes away from the Juhu aerodrome, from where it had taken off.

“The companies involved have so far responded with stunned silence. We are demanding an independent judicial inquiry of this incident. We want answers. Why was the plane allowed to take off at all when the weather conditions were unfavourable? Who gave permissions? Why did authorities taken long to give the families of the victims even a preliminary response?,”questioned Zuberi’s family during the condolence meeting on Tuesday.

First Published: Jul 11, 2018 11:12 IST