Five dead as plane crashes into building and and explodes into flames

Five people are dead after a plane crashed into an unfinished tower block site and exploded into flames in Mumbai.

Stunned eyewitnesses gathered around the burning wreckage as a number of fires burned in the street, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky.

All four people on board the plane were killed along with one pedestrian on the ground in the busy Ghatkopar suburb, local media reported.

The small chartered plane – a Beechcraft King Air C90 turboprop – was owned by a private company and once belonged to the Uttar Pradesh state government, according to reports.

The 12-seat plane was occupied by two pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers when it came down next to a block of flats under construction just after 1pm local time.

It had taken off from Juhu airport on a test flight and was on its way back when it crashed, NDTV reported.

The plane was on the test flight after it had experienced previous technical issues and was rebuilt, reported ABP News journalist Ganesh Thakur.

Graphic photos and video clips posted online purportedly showed charred bodies at the scene.

Investigators have been sent to the scene to probe the cause of the crash.

They have recovered the plane’s flight recorder, or black box, and will be analysing its data and voice recordings to learn more about what happened.

The flight crew had been in touch with air traffic controllers in the moments leading up to the crash, it was reported.

There were conflicting reports over the plane’s owner.

The aircraft is owned by Mumbai-based UY Aviation and was previously owned by the Uttar Pradesh government, India Today reported.

It had been sold to the private firm in 2014 after an accident, the report added.

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