Air India technician dies after co-pilot mistook signal !

Mumbai: In a shocking incident, an Air India technician on Wednesday was sucked into an aircraft engine parked at the Mumbai airport and died instantly. The incident happened on December 16 night around 8.45 pm.

The horrifying incident occurred at the Chhatrapati Shivaji domestic airport's bay number 28, when the Air India flight 619, scheduled to travel from Mumbai to Hyderabad, was about to be pushed back by a tractor for departure.

Reportedly, the co-pilot unexpectedly started the engine after mistaking a signal. The ground staffer, reportedly recognised as Subramaniam, had just removed the wheel chocks - blocks that keep a parked plane in place - when the AI jet suddenly started to move, pushing the tractor.  The staffer tried to get away but all in vain. He was pulled into the engine, the reports said. The deceased's body is reportedly in a very bad shape.

According to information obtained from the Air India sources, “During the pusback, the co-pilot mistook a signal for engine start. As he switched on the engine, it sucked in the technician standing nearby.”

Confirming the incident, Air India tweeted: "AI CMD Mr Ashwani Lohani said we are deeply saddened & regret the tragic incident @ Mumbai airport this evening when an Air India technician," adding, " died in a mishap during pushback of flight AI 619. The incident is being investigated. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family."


Speaking about the incident, Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said, "We are deeply saddened and regret tragic incident at Mumbai airport. An Air India technician died in a mishap during pushback of flight AI 619, incident is being investigated. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family."

The DGCA has ordered probe in this matter.

"It is an accident. Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau have been informed for further action," DGCA said.

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