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SpiceJet Technician Dies at Kolkata Airport After Being Caught in Aircraft's Landing Gear Door

The primary probe revealed that 26-year-old Rohit Virendra Pandey died after being suffocated. His body had to be cut out from the enclosed flap.

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Updated:July 10, 2019, 4:24 PM IST
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SpiceJet Technician Dies at Kolkata Airport After Being Caught in Aircraft's Landing Gear Door
In this undated photo, is seen Rohit Virendra Pandey, the SpiceJet technician who was killed after the landing gear door of the aircraft he was working on got shut at the Kolkata airport on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: A SpiceJet technician at Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport died after being caught in the landing gear door of an aircraft while carrying out maintenance work.

The landing door "accidentally shut" trapping 26-year-old Rohit Virendra Pandey. The incident is said to have taken place around 1.45 am.

"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" SpiceJet said in a statement.

Preliminary reports suggest that Pandey got sucked into the lower end of the aircraft due to hydraulic pressure while he was working on a SpiceJet ATR Aircraft. His body had to be cut out of it.

Airport authorities and the police are probing the incident. A complaint on "unnatural death" was reportedly filed at the airport police station.

"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," PTI quoted a senior police officer as saying.

Just last week, the SpiceJet ran into trouble with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which issued the airline four show-cause notices on poor training standards.

(With inputs from PTI)

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