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May 27, 2011

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May 27, 2011

A plane crash in the Faridabad district of Northern India claimed the lives of seven people on board, as well as three people on the ground late Wednesday.

The plane, a Palitus PC-12, plummeted into two houses and burst into flames that could be spotted from over a mile away.

The plane served as an air ambulance and was transporting a 22-year-old patient on a ventilator from Patna to Delhi’s Apollo Hospital.

Sources close to investigators told Times of India that they believe the crash occurred because of high velocity winds paired with a technical malfunction. The pilot’s last call from the cockpit indicated that he was facing bad weather.

"The most probable cause of the accident seems to be rough weather, though we cannot rule out a technical snag,” said Ram Nath, Director of Safety for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. “There are some issues with the way the propeller blades were bent, and we are not sure if the engine was working properly.”

The plane contained no cockpit data or voice recorder boxes so officials say they may never determine the cause of the crash.

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If you or someone you know has had their safety compromised on a commercial or private aircraft, contact the aviation accident lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy.

Photo courtesy of Times of India

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