New Delhi, December 23: While paying tribute to the BSF plane crash victims at Safdarjung Airport in Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was asked by one of the victims relative that “Why every time soldiers family had to suffer and weep, sir?”
Rajnath Singh being calm to question extended his condolences to the family members of BSF plane crash victims. While Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung also pay a tribute to BSF plane crash victims at Safdarjung Airport.
“The plane was inducted in 1995 and had a long life ahead. I travel in that only. The reports coming in are wrong. Dwarka incident was a tragedy. I visited family members. Aircraft which crashed was not old or over aged as being reported”, Minister of State Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told media.
Similarly, Director General of BSF DK Pathak said, “There was no problem with the aircraft, it was completely air-worthy. Even until two days back the aircraft returned after a good duty”.
Another victim’s relative said, “We demand that outdated planes be replaced, do not want this tragedy to happen to someone else”. Whereas, other relative said “He (victim) used to tell my sister (his wife) of "less maintenance" issue is there and that Government wasn’t buying new planes for them”.
Meanwhile, Son of one of one of the Dwarka incident victims said, “Proud of my dad, he sacrificed his life to save so many others”.
A BSF security force plane carrying technical personnel was crashed near Dwarka on Tuesday morning. The plane burst into flames just outside the IGI airport shortly after its take-off. All the 10 people on board were killed after the crash.
There were two pilots on board. The victims are identified as, Inspector RP Yadav, Pilot Rajesh Shivrain, Pilot BP Bhatt, Dy Commandant D Kumar, Inspector SN Sharma, SI Ravindra Kumar, SI Chotte Lal, ASI DP Chouhan, SI Sunder Singh, CT K Rawat. Police said six bodies have been recovered from the crash site.
According to aviation sources the accident occurred around 9.50 am when the twin-engine Superking plane crashed into the airport boundary wall near a railway track and landed in sewage treatment plant.
While returning back apparently due to a technical problem five minutes after it took off for Ranchi, the aircraft lost contact with the Air Traffic Control, at 9.50 am.