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Man dies after being sucked into aircraft engine

17 December 2015, 11:13

New Delhi — Airport and airline authorities in India have begun investigating the death of a technician who was sucked into an aircraft engine at an airport in Mumbai.

Air India chief Ashwani Lohani said the accident happened when the plane was being moved from an airport gate. A pilot misinterpreted a signal and switched on the plane's engine.

The maintenance crew member standing nearby was sucked into the engine and killed instantly.

The plane was full of passengers for a flight from Mumbai to the southeastern city of Hyderabad.

Lohani says the aircraft was being pushed back from the gate when the accident happened.

He says it is under investigation.

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- AP


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