Last updated: 12:30 PM ET, Thu December 17 2015

Engineer Dies After Being Sucked Into Airplane Engine at Indian Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | December 17, 2015

Engineer Dies After Being Sucked Into Airplane Engine at Indian Airport

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Air India is investigating the death of an engineer Wednesday after he was sucked into the running engine of an airplane at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India.

According to a report from, ground engineer Ravi Subramaniam was near the engine of an Airbus A-319 when he was pulled into it just four minutes before the plane was expected to depart for Hyderabad at 8:40 p.m. local time.

The aircraft has been taken out of service and the engine is being disassembled to recover Subramaniam’s body.

Sources from Air India—the country’s flag carrying airline—told that the accident may have been caused due to a miscommunication between the co-pilot and the engineer. The report says the co-pilot was a trainee and was under the supervision of the pilot.

Both the senior captain and the co-pilot have been grounded while the incident is under investigation. Air India is reportedly looking into a possible lapse that could have occurred to interrupt the normal start-up sequence.

The report also notes that Subramaniam was on the right side of the plane when he was sucked into the right engine. Engineers are typically found on the left side of the plane as it prepares to take off.


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