A SpiceJet technician died today in a ‘freak accident’ while carrying out regular maintenance work on an aircraft at Kolkata airport.
Officials at the airport 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.
In a short statement issued this morning, SpiceJet said, “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 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 read.
Details of how the door accidentally shut is being examined by the police.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation will also carry out an inquiry into the accident, an official at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport said.