Mumbai crash: Maintenance engineer's last words

Told father she was going to fly in a 'sick aircraft'

Fire-fighters work at the site of the chartered plane that crashed at Ghatkopar's Jivdaya Lane, in Mumbai on Thursday. Five persons were killed when a King Air C90 12-seater aircraft on a test flight crashed in a crowded Mumbai suburb. (PTI Photo)

Hours before the 12-seater aircraft crashed in a crowded Mumbai suburb on Thursday, maintenance engineer Surabhi Gupta - one of the five killed in the incident- told her father in Sonepat that she was going to fly in a "sick aircraft".

Surabhi had spoken to her father over the phone on Thursday morning and described the condition of the aircraft as bad.

"It was yesterday morning that we spoke over the phone. We had a routine conversation before she told me that the aircraft she was going to fly in later in the day was sick. She said the aircraft was in a bad condition..," Surabhi's father S P Gupta told reporters at his residence in Sonepat on Friday.

The grieving father wondered who gave the permission to fly a "sick aircraft".

"How was permission given to fly a sick aircraft and who gave this permission," he asked.

At the same time, Gupta said that he was confident that a high-level probe would be conducted by authorities concerned into the incident and people responsible will be held accountable.

He said Surabhi got married only last year and her husband too was a pilot.

He recalled that Surabhi was often referred to as astronaut Kalpana Chawla by local residents in their hometown in Uttar Pradesh.

"Recently, she was honoured by the Maharashtra government. She was a brave young woman, who was fond of heights," he said.

The 12-seater aircraft crashed in Ghatkopar in Mumbai on Thursday, killing both pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers on board, besides a pedestrian.

The aircraft had taken off from the Juhu airstrip on a test flight. It lost control when it was four nautical miles from Juhu.

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