The freak accident happened as the plane pushed back for take-off at Mumbai airport, the airline said. It reportedly happened after the co-pilot of flight Al to the southern city of Hyderabad mistook a signal from ground staff and started the engine. Maintenance man Ravi Subramanian, who was standing close by, was sucked into the engine and died instantly. India's national carrier said on Twitter that he had "died in a mishap during pushback of flight AI ". The state-run carrier, which has not reported an annual profit since , has been troubled recently by a number of technical glitches and other awkward incidents, including staff turning up late for flights. The airline made headlines in April when it was forced to ground two of its pilots after the pair started to fight just before take off.
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The man in his forties, a maintenance crew member for Air India, was standing next to the A aircraft at Mumbai airport when the plane was being moved from an airport gate. Air India chief Ashwani Lohani said the accident was a "mishap" that took place when the plane was being reversed. The maintenance crew member, identified locally as Ravi Subramanium, was sucked into the engine and in the horrifying incident. The plane was full of passengers for a short-haul flight from Mumbai to the southeastern city of Hyderabad. Mr Lohani says the aircraft, which can carry up to passengers, was being pushed back from the gate when the accident happened. The incident is being investigated. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
A woman has died after she was partially sucked out of a window on a Southwest Airlines plane that was hit by debris from a blown engine at an altitude of 32,ft. Passengers scrambled to haul Jennifer Riordan back into the aircraft as the sudden decompression of the cabin pulled her partway through the opening, but she later died. Seven other people were injured.