The BSF plane burst into flames shortly after takeoff at around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday after it had collided with the boundary wall of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, aviation officials said.
ll ten were killed when a small Ranchi-bound BSF Superking aircraft with two pilots and eight technicians on board crashed near Dwarka here shortly after take-off.
Civil Aviation Minister Mahesh Sharma confirmed that there are no survivors.
BSF and Aviation sources has earlier said the likelihood of any survivors in the crash at Bagdola village near Dwarka were dim.
The Aviation sources said the accident happened at around 9.50 am when the plane crashed into the airport boundary wall and landed in a sewage treatment plant while returning back due to apparent technical problem five minutes after it took off for Ranchi.
The aircraft lost contact with the Air Traffic Control, at 9.50 am, they said. BSF sources said the technicians were on the way to Ranchi to repair a helicopter. Eyewitnesses said the plane hit a wall before bursting into flames and then crashed into a water body.
As per sources pilot reported a technical snag soon after he started the engine. But he was reportedly told to go ahead with his flight by the BSF ground crew. Aircraft had been over hauled six months ago and it had 30 hours of flying time left before it was to go for routine servicing.
Captain Bhagwati Prasad Bhat diverted the aircraft from populated areas to prevent any civilian deaths, say sources.