Ghatkopar plane crash update: Police file FIR against UY Aviation

Last year, on June 28, five people lost their lives, including one pedestrian when a chartered plane crashed in an open area in Ghatkopar's Jivdaya Lane, near an under-construction building

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Seven months after the deadly plane crash in Ghatkopar, police have booked officials of two aviation firms on Wednesday on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Last year, on June 28, five people lost their lives, including one pedestrian when a chartered plane crashed in an open area in Jivdaya Lane at Ghatkopar, near an under-construction building. Pilot Maria Zuberi's husband, Prabhat Kathuria, who is the complainant in the FIR, named senior officials of the UY aviation and other people responsible for the crash. 

The plane crash killed pilot Capt Pradeep Rajput, co-pilot Capt Maria Zuberi of UY Aviation, Assistant Maintenance Manager Surabhi Gupta and technician Manish Pandey from Indamer Aviation and a pedestrian. According to the complainant, the aircraft, which had taken off for a test flight from the Juhu Aerodrome, did not have an airworthiness certificate.

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The FIR has named UY Aviation officials Deepak Koneri, Anil Chauhan, Vinod Sai among others, spare part provider Ajay Agarwal, Indamer Aviation officials Sanjeev Gupta, Avinash Bharti and others. So far, police have not yet taken any action or made any arrests in the case.

A standing committee, that comprised of 20 Lok Sabha members and 10 Rajya Sabha members, including BJP MP Kirit Somaiya as the chairperson, examined the safety and social security measures for the employees of scheduled/non-scheduled test-flying air operators/Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) companies.

While presenting the report in the Parliament, Somaiya said that Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated that the airline company (UY Aviation) and Indamer Aviation (an MRO company) went ahead with the test flight in bad weather (which prohibits any type of test flights) and that too without legal sanction from the DGCA. 

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