Navy plane crash: Penthouse, cell phone tower illegal

Hyderabad: 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


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