Five dead as light aircraft crashes in Mumbai

A chartered plane has crashed in India’s financial capital Mumbai, killing at least five people, officials have confirmed.

It crashed into a building that was under construction in Ghatkopar, a residential area in eastern Mumbai.

Fire officials told BBC Marathi that the dead included four people on the flight and one person on the ground.

Initial reports say the plane crashed while the pilot was attempting to land. It burst into flames immediately after.

“I was riding my bike when I saw the plane go down,” Prathamesh Lokhande, an eyewitness, told BBC Marathi’s Janhavee Moole. “I rushed to the spot and helped the fire officials recover the bodies and send them to the hospital.”

Suresh Prabhu, India’s aviation minister, tweeted his condolences and said that there would be an official inquiry into the crash.

The plane used to be owned by the government of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and had been sold to private operator UY Aviation, a senior police official told the BBC.

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