A SpiceJet technician was killed after he got stuck in the main landing gear door of the aircraft at the Kolkata airport on Wednesday.
The fire brigade same in to assist with removing his body from the landing gear.
According to reports, the incident happened around 1.45 am, while the technician, identified as Rohit Pandey was working on the ATR aircraft.
“The technician was carrying out maintenance on the landing gear of the Bombardier Q400 plane when the landing door accidentally got closed and he got stuck there,” said an official at Kolkata airport.
A complaint citing “unnatural death” was filed at Airport police station, according to a senior police officer. Meanwhile, forensic experts would be collecting evidence at the site, he informed.
“Our officers have reached the spot. We are talking to other staffers of the airline who were present there. We are trying to understand whether it was a technical glitch or the result of someone’s callousness,” the officer added.
Meanwhile, it is being investigated as to how the hydraulic pressure was activated leading to the unlikely death.
SpiceJet, in a statement, expressed their condolences saying they have been extremely saddened by the death of their technician.
“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 Pandey but he was declared dead. The entire SpiceJet family stands together in grief in this unfortunate incident,” the statement further read.
Earlier, Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday had issued safety directives to airlines amidst recurring incidents of planes overshooting runways in the wake of unfavourable weather conditions.
On July 1, a SpiceJet flight from Jaipur overshot the main runway after landing at the Mumbai airport in the midst of heavy downpour, while another incident on June 30, a SpiceJet plane from Bhopal veered off the runway at Surat airport due to the bad weather.