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BSF plane with 10 on board crashes near Delhi, 4 dead


All 10 persons, including two pilots and eight technicians, on board a small Ranchi-bound BSF Superking aircraft were killed on Tuesday after it crashed near Dwarka here shortly after take-off.

The Aviation sources said the accident happened around 9.50 am when the plane crashed into the airport boundary wall and landed in a sewage treatment plant while turning back due to apparent technical problem five minutes after it took off for Ranchi. The aircraft lost contact with Air Traffic Control at 9.50 am, they said.

BSF sources said the technicians were on the way to Ranchi to repair a helicopter. The area was engulfed in dense smoke and fire with pieces of aircraft spread around. Delhi Fire Service chief A K Sharma said 15 tenders have rushed to the spot.

An inquiry has been ordered by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the crash and has rushed to the crash site. The Lt Governor of Delhi also reached the site. —With Inputs from agencies

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