If you’re an airport worker then you should be able to trust the pilots in the planes won’t turn on the engines when you’re nearby so you don’t get sucked into them and cut up into little tiny pieces. This works 99.9% of the time, but unfortunately for one Air India worker named Ravi Subramanian at Mumbai Airport, he was the exception to the rule.
Apparently a pilot on flight AI 619 to Hyderabad mistook a signal from other ground staff and thought it was cool to flick the engine on. It wasn’t because Subramanian was standing next to it and was subsequently sucked into it, never to make it out.
The plane was full of passengers at the time too, which makes the whole event even more horrific. No word on whether they actually continued with the scheduled flight but you would like to assume that it didn’t.
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The chairman and managing director of Air India Ashwani Lohani said the following:
We are deeply saddened & regret the tragic incident.
The incident is being investigated. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Yeah, I’m sure they’re really heartened by that statement. It probably ended up looking something like this photoset from when another guy got sucked into a jet engine (NSFL). Grim.
The fact of the matter is though that Air India seems like a joke of a company and this is only the latest in a series of mishaps that have plagued them. Staff are constantly turning up late to flights and there have been a bunch of technical problems this year. A plane was also grounded after two pilots got into a fist fight just before takeoff. Basically if you’re in India don’t fly with them – they haven’t even made a profit since 2007.