Air India employee dies after being sucked into aircraft engine

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A technician working for Air India has died after being sucked into a jet engine as the plane pushed back for take-off at Mumbai airport, the airline and reports said.

The freak accident happened on Wednesday evening when the co-pilot of flight AI 619 to Hyderabad in India’s south mistook a signal from ground staff and started the engine.

It sucked in Ravi Subramanian, who was standing close by, the Press Trust of India reported, quoting anonymous sources at Air India, the Asian giant’s national carrier.

The airline wrote on its official Twitter handle that one of its technicians had “died in a mishap during pushback of flight AI 619”, without specifying exactly what happened.

“The incident is being investigated. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” said the tweet.

Air India’s chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani said “we are deeply saddened & regret the tragic incident” at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji airport, according to the post late on Wednesday.

It is not yet clear how the worker came to be so close to the engine.

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