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Jun 13, 2008 at 04:53pm IST

One killed in freak 'air accident' in Mumbai

Mumbai: Ruins of a small room in the slums right behind Mumbai's international airport in an area called Jari Mari lay proof to Shivaji Ghole's unexpected death.

Around 2000 hours IST on Thursday evening a strong blast of hot air hit the weak, makeshift ceiling of Ghole's house and caused it to collapse.

“We heard the sound of the wall collapsing in the house where my father-in-law was. We rushed there and my husband took him out but he died on the way to the hospital,” victim's relative Rani Mane said.

The dangerous proximity of the slum to the airport's runway caused the accident. A blast of hot air from a plane revving up its engines hit the slum and led to the caving of the hutment.

Slums on 276 acres of land around the airport are to be rehabilitated by real estate developers but local leaders are now raising questions about the status of the project.

Congress MLA Naeem Khan said, “This has brought the issue of rehabilitation up again. How soon and how well it is done is a big question.”

Meanwhile, the Airport Authority of India has been called for an inspection but with the questionable condition of the slums, it's unlikely that Ghole's family will receive any compensation.

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