Navy plane crash: Penthouse, phone tower illegal

Hyderabad, March 09: The top floor and structure for cell phone tower atop a three-storeyed building into which a Navy plane crashed here were constructed “unauthorisedly”, said a report of the committee constituted to probe if the penthouse was “illegal”.

The Kiran MK-II plane, which was part of the ‘Sagar Pawan’ aerobatic team participating in a display at the ‘India Aviation show 2010’, crashed into the building on March 3 at New Bowenpally, about four kms from the Old Begumpet Airport, killing its two pilots and another man on the ground.
The three-member committee, set up by the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB), found that the penthouse and structure for the cell phone tower atop the building were constructed violating the SCB norms of having ground plus two-floors only in the area, a top SCB official told PTI.

Besides this, the committee also found there were some violations with regard to sanction plan of the building.

A copy of the report has been submitted to the state government and another report will be handed over to Navy which is carrying out board of inquiry into the crash incident, the official said, adding after getting clearance from the government further action would be initiated besides a demolition notice will also be issued to the building owner.

The mangled remains of the ill-fated plane which is still stuck on the building and the debris would be removed only after the investigations were over, he said.