SpiceJet ground technician trapped in the landing gear dies

A private airlines technician died today in a ‘freak accident’ while carrying out regular maintenance work on an aircraft at the Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. The incident happened at around 1:45 am on Wednesday with private airline firm Spicejet.

Airport officials said that the technician got trapped in the landing gear door of the aircraft while carrying out maintenance work. His body was removed from the landing gear with the help of fire department personnel.

“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,” a senior airport staff told  Press Trust of India.

The airline issued a press statement, “Extremely saddened to share that our technician Rohit Pandey passed away last night in an unfortunate incident at Kolkata airport. He was doing maintenance work in right hand main landing gear wheel well area of a Q400 aircraft which was parked in Bay No. 32 at airport.”

“Inadvertently, the main landing gear hydraulic door closed and he got stuck in between the hydraulic door flaps. The Hydraulic doors were broken to rescue Mr. Pandey but he was declared dead. The entire SpiceJet family stands together in grief in this unfortunate incident,” the statement added.

The local police and the aviation monitoring body for India, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have launched an investigation into the accident.

A case of “unnatural death” has been filed at the Kolkata Airport police station.

Source : Various