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Air India Engineer sucked into engine: 'Communication gap' may have led to freak accident at Mumbai airport
December 17, 2015, 6:20 pm

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau on Thursday launched a probe into the freak accident at the Mumbai airport where a technician died after getting sucked into the engine of an Air India plane even as the the pilot and co-pilot have been derostered.

Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani, who rushed to Mumbai this morning for an on-the-spot inquiry, has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and a job in the airline to a family member of service engineer Ravi Subramanian.

"We have lost a family member. An ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh has been given to the family. We have also offered a job to the family of the victim," Lohani said.

Though he refused to go into the details of what could have possibly caused the accident, Lohani said,"initially it seems that there was some communication gap." He, however, did not elaborate.

The pilot and co-pilot of the aircraft involved in last night's freak accident have been grounded. "This is a serious accident and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has taken up the probe," a senior civil aviation ministry official said.

AAIB, a dedicated entity to investigate accidents, functions under the civil aviation ministry. Manned by employees from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the bureau was carved out of DGCA in 2012.

Source: PTI

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