A SpiceJet air carrier technician was killed during maintenance work on a Q400 aeroplane at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, India.
An airport official said that the technician, Rohit Pandey, was accidentally pulled in due to hydraulic pressure, trapping him inside the lower part of the aircraft. The police have launched an investigation into whether there were any safety lapses by the carrier. A statement from the carrier on the matter has yet to be made.
Last week, India’s civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had issued a notice to SpiceJet following a series of overshooting and skidding incidents on landings. “Safety cannot be compromised at any cost”, DGCA said in its statement.
The carrier had replied by saying that the concerned officials will submit their replies within the time frame given by the regulator. “We will take all possible steps that may be required to further strengthen our safety mechanism”, a SpiceJet spokesperson said.