A technician from Indian airline SpiceJet died in an accident in Kolkata on Wednesday morning, after by accident getting trapped in an airplane door.
Rohit Pandey was doing maintenance work on the plane at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport when a hydraulic door “accidentally” closed, and he got stuck between the door flaps, based on a SpiceJet spokesperson.
A doctor was called instantly after the incident was reported at about 1:45 a.m., stated Kaushik Bhattacharya, director of the Kolkata airport. “The body couldn’t be pulled out, and the doorways had to be cut by mechanics,” Bhattacharya replied.
Pandey was considered dead shortly after the doors had been damaged.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), federal regulatory body, has launched an investigation into the accident.
In a press release, SpiceJet stated it was “extremely saddened” by the news and that “your entire SpiceJet family stands collectively in grief in this unfortunate incident.”
SpiceJet has an excellent safety record. AirlineRatings.com, which evaluates airline safety worldwide, gave SpiceJet a rating of 7/7, citing its agreement with international safety parameters and fatality-free record.
However, Pandey’s accident comes amid a tough few weeks for the budget carrier.
Last week, a SpiceJet airplane overshot the runway on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai, based on CNN affiliate News18. No accidents have been reported. However, the plane was caught on the runway and the encircling grass all night.