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5 dead after chartered plane crashes in Mumbai

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MUMBAI — At least five people, including four on board, have died after a chartered plane crashed in a crowded neighbourhood in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area.

The plane was about to land at the airport when it crashed near Jagruti building in Ghatkopar, where construction work was going on.

The crash took place in Jagruti building near Ghatkopar’s Sarvodaya Hospital at around 1.30 pm, police said. Immediately after the crash, the plane burst into flames.

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All the four persons onboard – pilot Captian Pradeep Rajput, co-pilot Captian Maria, an engineer Surbhi and a technician – have died. A passerby on the ground also died in the incident.

According to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), two pilots, two aircraft maintenance engineers and one other person lost their lives in the crash.

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44 dead as ferry capsizes in Tanzania

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TANZANIA — At least 44 people were killed after a passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria in Tanzania, official said late Thursday.

Thirty-seven people were rescued after the sinking Thursday afternoon, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told The Associated Press.

The death toll was expected to rise when rescue efforts resumed at daybreak.

According to local media, the exact number of those on board was not known as the boat was believed to be carrying people beyond the stipulated capacity. The ferry was thought to be carrying between 400 to 500 people.

The ferry overturned between the two islands in Lake Victoria, which is the largest lake in Africa, passing through Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

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Emergency response teams pulled 37 people out of the water during rescue operations, which was stopped due to poor visibility.

Regional Commissioner John Mongella told local Tanzania television channel ITV that the rescue operations would resume in the morning.

The Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency, in charge of servicing the vessels, urged patience in a statement as rescue efforts began.

The ferry was traveling between Ukara and Bugolora and capsized near the area of Mwanza, the agency said.

Accidents are often reported on the large freshwater lake surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

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