Rescuers search for survivors after a plane crash in Mumbai's Ghatkopar area on Thursday. Photo: The Hindu

At least five people were killed when a private aircraft crashed in Mumbai’s busy Ghatkopar financial district on Thursday afternoon, according to local media.

The 12-seat Beechcraft King Air C90, which was on a scheduled “local flying” trip to and from Juhu, was carrying two pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers. One pedestrian on the ground was also killed. 

Officials said the aircraft had been in contact with the air traffic control center in Juhu and was cleared to land at the Juhu airport runway. However, it crashed about 1.5km from the Mumbai airport’s main runway. Police say the plane came down near a multistorey building under construction. 

“The aircraft took off from Juhu airport for a test flight… A team is on the way for preliminary investigation. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board shall do a detailed one,” said Lalit Gupta, joint director general of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.