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10 killed as BSF aircraft crashes in Delhi

Naew Delhi: Dec 22; A small Border Security Force (BSF) aircraft crashed in Dwarka near the Delhi airport on Tuesday shortly after take-off. All ten personnel on board have been reported killed in the accident. The plane carried two pilots and eight technicians. 

According to BSF PRO VN Parasar, the three senior officials identified are Captain Prashad, Captain Rajesh Jhivrin and Deputy Commandant Dilip Kumar. The other seven were inspectors and below rank officers. They were identified as Raghvendra Kumar, TP Chauhan, CL Sharma, KR Rawat, Surender Singh, R Kumar and S Sharma. 

"Pained by the loss of lives in the BSF plane crash in Delhi. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted as home minister Rajnath Singh rushed to the spot.

The Beech Super King Air B-200 aircraft with registration number VT-BSA had a turbine multi-engine and weighed 5,669 kgs. It was manufactured in 1994 and registered on August 3, 1995 by the BSF as a passenger aircraft. It had a seating capacity of 10, apart from two crew members. The aircraft was based at IGI airport's technical area with the BSF's Air Wing and was used to transport its personnel.

According to sources, the aircraft was only recently repainted and serviced by the BSF.

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