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Private plane crashes in crowded Mumbai area; 5 people dead

Private plane crashes in crowded Mumbai area; 5 people deadMUMBAI, India (AP) — A small private plane crashed Thursday in a busy area of Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing five people including one person on the ground, police said. A former aviation minister said the pilot avoided a much higher toll by hitting an open area at a construction site.



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Five dead in India after plane crashes and bursts into flames in busy Mumbai district

Five dead in India after plane crashes and bursts into flames in busy Mumbai districtA small plane crashed into a construction site in a densely populated part of India's financial capital Mumbai on Thursday, killing five people including one on the ground, officials said. Images broadcast on Indian news channels showed flames and black smoke billowing from the area, which sits right next to several high-rise residential towers. There were four people on the 12-seater aircraft, disaster management officials said, with witnesses reporting hearing a loud blast as it smashed into a half-built structure. "There was a huge explosion and the adjacent tree caught fire and the fire spilled on the streets," a man was quoted as saying on the NDTV news channel. "Initially we assumed an electric box in the under-construction building must have caught fire but when we checked out the spot, we found the charred body of a man who apparently was on bike when the plane crashed," he added. A woman, who was also not named, reported hearing three loud explosions and described seeing a "major fire". Video footage posted online showed bright orange flames licking the side of a building next to a construction site. The plane hit an open area at a construction site for a multistory building Credit: AP Other images shot after the fire was put out showed firemen sifting through the twisted wreckage of the twin-prop plane as crowds looked on. The white tailfin seemed to be the only recognisable part of the aircraft not consumed in the blaze. India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the plane was a turbo-prop King Air C-90 and had been on a test flight from the nearby Juhu airstrip. "There were two pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers on board. All on board (the) aircraft along with one person on ground are dead," the DGCA statement read. A medical officer at Rajawadi hospital, where the victims were taken, said the dead included three men and two women. "There bodies were completely charred due to the fire," she told AFP, adding that two injured had also been admitted and were in a stable condition. Rescuers stand amid the wreckage of a private chartered plane that crashed in Ghatkopar area, Mumbai Credit: Rajanish Kakade/AP It was not raining at the time of the accident and weather did not appear to have been a factor in the crash. DGCA said it was sending a team to investigate the cause, adding that the aircraft was owned by a private operator who had purchased it from the Uttar Pradesh state government. P Rahangdale, Mumbai's chief fire officer, said several fire engines had rushed to the spot. India's National Disaster Response Force said it was also sending a team to make sure no there were no injured trapped under any rubble at the crash site. Former Indian Aviation Minister Praful Patel tweeted his condolences and praised the pilot for the guiding the plane into an open area. "Salute to the pilot who showed presence of mind to avoid a big mishap, saving many lives at the cost of her own life," he wrote. There have been several crashes involving small planes in India in recent years. In 2015 a light aircraft belonging to India's paramilitary border force crashed after taking off from New Delhi airport, killing 10 people on board. Ten people were killed in 2011 after an air ambulance crashed into a residential area in Faridabad, near the capital. Seven people on board and three on the ground were killed. The last deadly air crash involving a commercial plane happened in 2010 when an Air India Boeing 737-800 over shot the runway while landing at Mangalore airport in southern India. At least 158 passengers were killed and nearly a dozen others survived the crash.



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'People Were Ready to Die.' Authorities Swarm JetBlue Plane After False Hijacking Alarm at JFK Airport

'People Were Ready to Die.' Authorities Swarm JetBlue Plane After False Hijacking Alarm at JFK AirportThe plane mistakenly transmitted a code signifying a security threat onboard



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Teenager pulled alive from wreckage of Detroit plane crash that killed everyone else on board

Teenager pulled alive from wreckage of Detroit plane crash that killed everyone else on boardA single-engine plane crashed on a residential street in Detroit on Sunday night, killing two of the three passengers inside, police said. The plane was en route to the city’s municipal airport when the city tower lost contact with them, according to local news reports. Cordell Owens, an area resident, said he saw the crash and sprang into action.



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Crash of small plane in Wisconsin kills 4 family members

Crash of small plane in Wisconsin kills 4 family membersA small plane has crashed in southern Wisconsin, killing four family members.



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10 killed in Kenyan plane crash

10 killed in Kenyan plane crashAll 10 passengers aboard a small plane, whose wreckage was discovered in central Kenya two days after it went missing, died in the accident, the airline and government said Thursday. The families of the passengers and the crew have been notified and as a ministry, we truly regret this very sad outcome and send out our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families,” said Paul Maringa, principal secretary of the transport ministry. A surveillance helicopter spotted the wreckage of the Cessna plane belonging to the FlySAX airline near the town of Njabini on the edge of the Aberdares mountain range early Thursday morning.



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Plane plunges 'like a rollercoaster' as nose and windows destroyed by hail in thunderstorm

Plane plunges 'like a rollercoaster' as nose and windows destroyed by hail in thunderstormA passenger jet plunged through the air “like a rollercoaster” after it flew into a thunderstorm, dropping thousands of feet as it was bombarded with strong winds, hail and lightning. Scariest flight of my life,” said Jesse Esparza, who was aboard the American Airlines flight from San Antonio, Texas, to Phoenix, Arizona. With its nose and windscreen badly damaged by hail, the plane was forced to divert to El Paso for an emergency landing.



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Kenya says plane on domestic flight missing, search halted until dawn

Kenya says plane on domestic flight missing, search halted until dawnA search for a small passenger plane that disappeared in Kenya on Tuesday was called off for the evening but will resume at dawn, Kenyan aviation authorities said late on Tuesday. The plane had taken off from Kitale, a town in Kenya’s west, en route to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital, Nairobi, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) said.



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American Airlines plane damaged by hail over New Mexico

American Airlines plane damaged by hail over New MexicoDALLAS (AP) — An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing after hail damaged the windshield and caused some passengers to throw up.



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American Airlines plane damaged by hail over New Mexico

American Airlines plane damaged by hail over New MexicoDALLAS (AP) — An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing after hail damaged the windshield and caused some passengers to throw up.



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