Wednesday, July 10, 2019

SpiceJet technician gets stuck in aircraft's landing gear door at Kolkata airport, dies

Mumbai: A SpiceJet technician was killed at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata after he got stuck in the main landing gear door of an aircraft he was working on.
According to sources, the accident occurred around 1.30am when 22-year-old technician, Rohit Pandey was working on the landing gear of a Bombardier Q400. "The doors closed, trapping him in," said a source.
The accident follows a week of runway excursions and incidents involving SpiceJet aircraft, which has put the airline under DGCA scanner.

Last week, following a surprise surveillance, DGCA issued four show-cause notices to SpiceJet on poor training standards.
A statement issued by SpiceJet read,"We are extremely saddened to share that our technician Mr Rohit Pandey passed away last night in an unfortunate incident at the Kolkata airport. Mr Pandey was doing maintenance work in right hand main landing gear wheel well area of a Q400 aircraft which was parked in Bay No. 32 at Kolkata airport on July 10, 2019. Inadvertently, the main landing gear hydraulic door closed and he got stuck in between the hydraulic door flaps. The hydraulic doors were broken to rescue Mr Pandey but he was declared dead. The entire SpiceJet family stands together in grief in this unfortunate incident."
Meanwhile, Kolkata police have initiated a probe in the death.
10/07/19 Manu V/Times of India
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