‘Test flight was given necessary approvals’

Two days after the husband of the deceased co-pilot questioned the airworthiness of the ill-fated plane belonging to UY Aviation Pvt. Ltd. that crashed on Thursday, the company on Sunday issued its first official statement to “put things into perspective.”

UY Aviation said that while it was committed to extending help and assistance to victims of the tragedy, it also sought to clarify that the aircraft was not flying under its non-scheduled operators permit since it was yet to be released into service. In a statement, the Juhu-based company said it is extending its full cooperation to all the regulatory and law enforcement agencies involved in the aftermath of the tragic crash. “Before undertaking the test flight, it was ensured that all necessary requirements and approvals were in place,” the statement said.

After the aircraft performed a belly landing and was declared as “scrap”, it was purchased by the Pune-based Silver Jubilee Aviation Pvt. Ltd. from the Uttar Pradesh government and sent to Indamer Aviation Pvt. Ltd. for rebuilding, before UY Aviation bought the plane, the company said.

Five people lost their lives when the 12-seater Beechcraft C-90 King Air crashed.

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