Sunday, December 27, 2015

Air India technician’s death: AI pilots to give part of salary to deceased engineer’s family

Air India pilots have decided to give a part of their one month’s salary to the family of service engineer Ravi Subramanian, who died after he was sucked into the engine of an AI plane at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on December 16.
According to Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association general secretary Praveen Keerthi, an amount of Rs 5,000 will be deducted from every pilot’s salary for the contribution. Subramanian is survived by his wife and 20-year-old son Krishna, a third-year student of a Nerul-based engineering college.
Subramanian had worked as a service engineer with the airlines for the past 22 years.
“Every Air Indian is deeply affected by the demise and our thoughts and deepest sympathies lie with the family,” the association said in a statement.
On December 16, Subramanian (54) was monitoring the pushback of flight AI 619 when the mishap took place. According to eye witnesses, he was overseeing the process of disconnecting the tow bar when the pilot allegedly got clearance from air traffic control and ignited the throttle. The suction pressure of the engine pulled the engineer towards it while a helper was disconnecting the tow bar from the aircraft’s nose.
27/12/15 Tabassum Barnagarwala/The Indian Express
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