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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 October 2018

Five dead after a plane crashes into Mumbai construction site

Police said one pilot, three passengers and a pedestrian were killed

Five people were killed after a plane crashed into a densely populated area of Mumbai, officials say.

The small plane, carrying four people, crashed into a construction site, in Ghatkopar, a busy area in the east of India's financial capital shortly after noon (UTC+4).

"Five people have succumbed to their injuries after the chartered plane crashed, including one pilot, three co-passengers and a pedestrian," a Mumbai police spokesman said.

Indian media said that the 12-seat plane was privately owned, but previously belonged to Uttar Pradesh state government, and crashed while conducting a test flight from the nearby Juhu airstrip.

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation said the plane was a turbo-prop King Air C-90.

"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 statement read.

Television images and pictures show the wreckage burning on the ground and police and fire engines on the site.

P Rahangdale, Mumbai's chief fire officer, said several fire engines had been rushed to the spot.

"Our teams have extinguished the fire and are conducting rescue operations," he said.