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