Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Beechcraft B200 Super King Air, Border Security Force, VT-BSA: Fatal accident occurred December 22, 2015 near Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport, India

NEW DELHI: Identity of all ten victims of a BSF plane crash here has been "medically established" and doctors have surgically reconstructed facial and bodily disfigurement suffered by them. 

The bodies of the paramilitary personnel were sent to AIIMS after they were pulled out of the accident site at Shahabad Mohanmadpur village in Dwarka area, with some of them in partially burnt condition. 

"Two bodies - of the pilot and the co-pilot - were partially burnt while other eight bodies showed only injuries but no burning. Identity of all the victims has been medically established with the help of finger printing," Sudhir Gupta, head of the AIIMS' Forensic Department, said. 

"The cause of death as per the postmortem report is fall and blunt impact inside the aircraft," he said. 

The victims after the incident were identified as chief pilot and Deputy Commandant Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt of BSF, Rajesh Shivrain, co-pilot and second-in-command of paramilitary SSB, Deputy Commandant D Kumar, Inspectors Raghvendra Kumar Yadav and S N Sharma, Sub-Inspectors Ravindra Kumar, Surendra Singh, C L Sharma, ASI D P Chauhan and Constable K R Rawat. 

Also, each of them had their identity cards in their jacket pockets, which helped in forensic investigation, Gupta said. 

A ten-seater Ranchi-bound twin-engine Super King B-200 carrying BSF personnel and technicians crashed between 9:40-9:45 AM killing all ten men on board. 

"The plane flew over the railway line and crashed onto the boundary of a sewage treatment plant on the periphery of the airport premises after hitting a tree close by," a top official of the Delhi Fire Service said. 

The aircraft was blown to smithereens by the impact of the crash and there was hardly any wreckage left to salvage from. 

While few bodies were found just outside the plant's tank in burnt condition, the rest were pulled out of the tank, which didn't show any burning, the official said. 

Doctors at AIIMS also tried to lend dignity in death to the victims by surgically reconstructing some of the features. 

"We surgically reconstructed the skull, facial structures and body parts in honor of those men," Gupta added. 

The ill-fated plane took a turn after taking off at around 9.37 AM and hit a tree while apparently approaching to land following a possible technical problem, according to officials from the ATC and DGCA. 

"It then crash landed hitting the periphery of the airport, then dragged on smashing through a portion of the boundary wall," the official said. 

Small pieces of the wreckage of the fuselage are currently being salvaged by a team of police, disaster management and other officials, he said, adding, "efforts to retrieve the black box is still on." 

The Wall Street Journal
Updated Dec. 22, 2015 4:53 a.m. ET

NEW DELHI—A small Indian Border Security Force plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the Indian capital on Tuesday, killing all 10 people aboard.

A spokesman for the border force said an investigation into the cause of the crash was under way.

The plane, a Beechcraft B200 Super King Air, went down in southwest Delhi at about 10 a.m. local time, the BSF said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a statement he was “pained by the loss of lives” in the plane crash. “My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Beechcraft Super King aircraft of the BSF has crashed. More than two decades ago, a plane with only the pilot on board crashed near the international airport in Delhi.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.wsj.com

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