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

Published: Jul 10, 2019, 09:51 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

The body was later removed from the landing gear with the help of the fire brigade

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In a bizarre incident, a SpiceJet technician was killed at the aerodrome on Wednesday after he got stuck in the main landing gear door of an aircraft he was working on. 

The incident took place in the morning at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata at around 1:45 am. The technician was carrying out regular maintenance work when the incident took place. 

A senior airport official told news agency Press Trust of India, "The technician was carrying out maintenance work on the landing gear of a Bombardier Q400 plane belonging to SpiceJet when the landing door accidentally got closed and he got stuck."

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The body was later removed from the landing gear with the help of the fire brigade.

The hydraulic flap in the underbelly of the aircraft reportedly closed around the victim's neck without a warning. Initial investigations revealed that he may have died out of suffocation.

As per reports, the emergency personnel struggled to free the body of the deceased and eventually had to cut it to free it from the plane. The investigation is underway. The cops are trying to ascertain that if the hydraulic pressure had been activated then how could the deceased be a victim to it.

Also read: Mumbai: Humiliated by SpiceJet official at job interview says Jet Airways staff

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Edited by mid-day online desk with inputs from Agencies

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