A small paramilitary aircraft crashed outside New Delhi's main airport on Tuesday, killing all 10 people on board.

The chartered twin-engine plane went up in flames after slamming into a wall shortly after take-off from the Indian capital's Indira Gandhi International airport.

The Super King aircraft, which was heading from New Delhi to the eastern city of Ranchi, was carrying two pilots and eight technicians belonging to India's Border Security Force.

"It's a matter of grave concern that the plane crashed soon after take-off," Mahesh Sharma, the junior civil aviation minister, told reporters.

"I am extremely sad to say that all 10 people including the pilot have died."

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

TV footage showed fire engines at the scene as smoke poured from burning wreckage. Paramilitary forces and forensic teams also rushed to the site 

Security personnel stand next to the wreckage of the crashed aircraft [Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

Source: Agencies