Faridabad: After 10 lives were lost in a tragic air crash in the residential area of Faridabad, Haryana Government officials on Thursday assessed the loss suffered to the properties at the crash site.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Thursday started an inquiry into the crash of a small medical ambulance aircraft in a residential area here that left 10 persons including seven on board dead.

The DGCA has appointed an Inspector of inquiry, who will take charge of all material evidence at the site of the crash including the wreckage of the plane in sector 22 here. A six-member DGCA team is inspecting the site of the crash.

The Inspector of inquiry will hand over the material evidence to the Court of Inquiry when it is set up.

A senior DGCA official had said last night that the plane was in contact with the Air Traffic Control and on the radar before suddenly vanishing and losing touch. "They (plane) were in contact. They were on the radar scope but all of a sudden, it  vanished", said A K Saran, Joint Director of DGCA who visited the crash site.

Three persons on the ground --all women--were among the 10 dead when the P-12 single- engine turboprop aircraft belonging to Delhi-based Air Chartered Services India Limited crashed in Jawaharnagar locality near the IAF station in the Delhi suburb at around 1035 PM shortly before landing at IGI airport in Delhi.

Officials from the revenue department inspected the two houses which suffered damages when the aircraft crashed into their roofs.

A senior official said mainly two houses – one belonging to Sobhraj Shehwrat and Sunil suffered damages in the crash.

Shehwrat's house, in which three women were killed, was the worst hit.

"There are damages to two houses. We are assessing the loss. We will prepare a report regarding the damages and recommend to the government the compensation to be given," the officials said.

Ten persons, including all seven onboard a small medical ambulance aircraft, were killed when the flight to Delhi from Patna crashed into roof of the two houses in bad weather and caught fire in city's Sector 22 last night.

Faridabad's SDM Pradeep aid three persons on ground --all women--were among the 10 dead when the P-12 single-engine turboprop aircraft belonging to Delhi-based Air
Chartered Services India Limited crashed in Jawaharnagar locality near the IAF station in the Delhi suburb at around 1035 PM shortly before landing at IGI airport in Delhi.

The plane caught fire as soon as it crashed on the roof of two houses sending up plumes of smoke. Mangled remains of the ill-fated aircraft lay strewn at the site of the crash. A damaged propeller was also seen.

Life saving trip turns fatal

It was meant to be a life saving flight to a Delhi hospital from Patna but for an ailing Rahul Raj it turned out to be his last journey.

The nine-seater aircraft carrying him, his cousin, two doctors and a male nurse, crashed into a two-storey building here last night.

Rahul, who hailed from Bettiah in Bihar, was in a Patna hospital as he was suffering from Hepatitis and his family decided to shift him to Delhi when  he fell into comma.

A student Rahul, was airlifted to Apollo hospital last night for treatment but it turned fatal for him.

Rahul was accompanied by his cousin Ratnesh, two doctors from Apollo, Rajesh Jain and Arshad, and a male nurse Shiril. They along with pilot Manjeet and Harpreet perished in the tragedy.

The bodies of all the 10 victims were badly burnt in the incident.

Nightmare for residents

Mangled 1remains of an aircraft on streets, a damaged heavy metal fan of the engine, burning buildings, and people in panic.

This was the scene at the accident site of the chartered plane that crashed in a residential area in Faridabad last night, killing ten persons, including all seven onboard.

The aircraft lost control and nosedived crashing into the first floor of a building, killing three women residents. Soon the building turned into a ball of fire.

A battery of people surrounded the accident site, which caused difficulty in rescue operations.

"I rushed to the building, it was on fire. There were some people on the stairs who were engulfed in flames. I tried to find my way to the first floor but the flames were too strong," Omkar (30), one of the injured, said.

Three persons were injured in the mishap

Apart from the wreckage of the ambulance aircraft, oxygen cylinders, icebox, and other medical articles we1re seen lying around the scene.

The whole area has been cordoned off and security personnel deployed.

The incident was a nightmare for the residents of the densely populated Parvatiya Colony as they came out of their houses after hearing the massive explosion.

"It was very scary. I heard a loud explosion and rushed outside. I saw flames all over. I immediately called my friends and nearby people to douse the fire," said Rohan, a resident of the colony. Police said fire tenders and rescue teams had difficulty in reaching the spot due to the crowd assembled at the spot. Rescue operations were being carried out for two hours.

"We faced lot of difficulty in rescuing people as there was a power cut in the area," said Sitaram, an eyewitness.

Haryana govt announces ex-gratia

The Haryana government on Thursday announced a compensation of Rs two lakh each for the three residents of the city who were killed when the air ambulance
crashed into their house.

Besides the compensation, government job will also be given to one member of the family of Sobhraj Sehrawat whose house suffered damage in the crash, Faridabad Deputy Commissioner Praveen Kumar said.

A sum of Rs 20,000 each will be given to those injured.

State Labour Minister Shiv Charan Sharma said the government would rebuild the house of Sehrawat.

"There should be a proper inquiry into the incident.I would not blame anybody for the incident. It is bad luck," Faridabad MP Avtar Singh Badhana told reporters

Sehrawat's house, in which three women were killed, was the worst hit by the crash. 55-year-old Vedvati, her daughter Sarita (19) and daughter-in-law Rani (20) were killed in the crash.

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