Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Small plane from Patna to Delhi crashes in Faridabad, 12 dead

New Delhi, May 26, 2011: A small civil chartered aircraft with seven persons, including two pilots, on board crashed into a residential area near Faridabad on Wednesday night. 12 people, 7 on board and 5 on the ground, were killed in the crash. The Pilatus PC-12 single-engined turbo-prop aircraft was flying to the capital from Patna, rushing a critically-ill patient for medical treatment when the crash occurred at 10.50pm, five minutes after it lost contact with the Air Traffic Control at Delhi  airport, police said.

The plane crashed into the roof of a house in Faridabad's Parvatiya Colony, police said, adding that the residents of the house were safe.

The aircraft, registration number VT-ACF, was being operated by Air Charter Services India . The aircraft was manufactured in 2005.

Officials of DGCA  and civil aviation ministry rushed to the crash site.

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