AI staff sucked into en­gine of air­craft at city air­port, dies

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An Air In­dia (AI) tech­ni­cian died af­ter be­ing sucked into the en­gine of an air­craft at t he Mum­bai air port on Wed­nes­day evening. The mishap took place around 8.30pm when the Mum­bai- Hyderabad flight 619, with more than a hun­dred pas­sen­gers on board, was be­ing pushed back for de­par­ture.

The vic­tim, iden­ti­fied as Ravi Subra­ma­niam, was re­port­edly stand­ing close to the air­craft — an Air­bus A319 — at bay 28, when af­ter the en­gines were started, he got sucked in. “An in­quiry has been or­dered into the in­ci­dent,” an AI spokesper­son said.

AI chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ash­wini Lo­hani said de­tails about the mishap will emerge only af­ter the in­quiry is com­plete. “At the mo­ment, we are clue­less about how the per­son got sucked into the en­gine. There are a lot of tech­ni­cians on the ground for main­te­nance work, but there are stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures for safety. We don’t know what went wrong,” he said. “We are deeply sad­dened… Our heart­felt con­do­lences to the be­reaved fam­ily.”

“We will reg­is­ter an ac­ci­den­tal death re­port ( ADR),” said Virendra Mishra, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice, zone 8.

A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent had occurred in the 1990s at Chennai, when a per­son as­signed to scare away birds was sucked into an air­craft’s en­gine as he ran to­wards the plane, while it was mov­ing to­wards the runway for take-off.

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