Indian Airline Technician Dies After Getting Trapped in Plane Door

By Web Staff

A technician for Indian airline SpiceJet died in a freak accident in Kolkata on the morning of July 10, after accidentally getting trapped in a plane door.

Rohit Pandey was performing maintenance work on the aircraft at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, when a hydraulic door “inadvertently” closed and he got stuck between the door flaps, according to a SpiceJet spokesperson.

A doctor was called immediately after the incident was reported at about 1:45 a.m., said Kaushik Bhattacharya, director of the Kolkata airport. “The body could not be pulled out and the doors had to be cut by mechanics,” Bhattacharya added.

Pandey was declared dead shortly after the doors were broken.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a federal regulatory body, has launched an investigation into the accident.

In a statement, SpiceJet said it was “extremely saddened” by the news and that “the entire SpiceJet family stands together in grief in this unfortunate incident.”

SpiceJet has a good safety record. AirlineRatings.com, which evaluates airline safety worldwide, gave SpiceJet a rating of 7/7, citing its compliance with international safety parameters and fatality-free record

Body Falls Off Airplane, Lands in London Garden

In another airplane related incident last week, a Kenya Airways plane landed at Heathrow Airport and dropped a body into a garden in London.

According to The Star in Kenya, the Metropolitan Police in London on July 1 said it informed Kenya Airways that the body fell from the landing gear before the flight landed.

The paper noted that it was suggested the man was a stowaway hidden in the undercarriage of the aircraft.

Police found a bag containing food and clothing at the rear of the left landing gear.

Kenya Airways confirmed the incident to local media.

“On Sunday, June 30, a body of a yet to be identified male stowaway landed in a garden in the Borough of Lambeth, South London, suggesting the Stowaway was hidden in the undercarriage of the aircraft,” the statement from the airline said, reported the Tuko news website.

The owner of the garden immediately called the authorities after the body was discovered.

It’s not clear if the man died while in the undercarriage or was killed by the fall.

According to the Star, police in the United Kingdom are in contact with Kenyan authorities to identify the person. No damage was done to the aircraft, and it was cleared for operation.

A statement from Scotland Yard told the Daily Mirror: “A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course. Police are working to establish the man’s identity.”

“A crime scene was put in place but has since been closed,” the agency said. “The death is not being treated as suspicious. Enquiries are underway to establish the full circumstances. At this point, police believe the man was a stowaway and had fallen from the landing gear of an inbound Kenya Airways flight to Heathrow Airport.”

A flight from Nairobi to London takes nearly nine hours.

The CNN Wire and Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.