NEW DELHI: All 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.
Joint Commissioner Police Devender Pathak said they have recovered two bodies from the crash. "We saw a plane spiralling down which crashed near the wall where work was going on. I could sport one body. A labourer who was working was also injured," an eye witness Suraj told reporters.
The area was engulfed in dense smoke and fire with pieces of aircraft spread around. Delhi Fire Service cheif A K Sharma said 15 tenders have rushed to the spot. An inquiry has been ordered by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the crash and has rushed to the crash site.