Friday, November 01, 2019

Minor accident on Goa airport apron leaves one injured

Panaji: A ground support staff member at Goa International Airport was injured in a minor accident involving a catering van which was loading meals onto Air India flight AI 993 on Thursday.
While the aircraft suffered no damage, the flight was delayed by 50 minutes as emergency vehicles attended to the injured individual.

The Bengaluru-Goa-Dubai flight had arrived at Goa and was docked at the terminal to embark passengers, their luggage and set meals. After loading the food, the hydraulic lift of the van was being lowered even as a tractor with the checked-in luggage was approaching on the apron. "The aircraft was docked, and the two vehicles were aligning themselves when the incident occurred. A probe has been initiated," a source said.

Passengers aboard flight AI 993 witnessed the commotion outside the aircraft and were subsequently informed that an accident had occurred during boarding operations. "The crew kept telling us to be patient as saving someone's life is more important," said a flier who was bound for Dubai.

Air India sources said that the incident did not involve any Air India assets and that the accident did not affect the aircraft. The flight finally took off at 7:48pm.
01/11/19 Times of India
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