An Air India technician was sucked into a jet engine when a pilot misinterpreted a signal and prematurely started the plane on Wednesday night.
Airline authorities are investigating the death, which occurred at an airport in Mumbai. The technician, a member of the maintenance crew, was killed instantly. The body was mutilated to the point that it could not be sent for a post-mortem exam, according to the Press Trust of India, a news agency.
At the time of the incident, the jet was full of passengers for a flight to the southeastern city of Hyderabad. Local media identified the victim as Ravi Subramanian, a service engineer in his 40s.
Air India chief Ashwani Lohani said the accident happened when the jet was being moved from an airport gate. A pilot misinterpreted a signal and switched on the engine while the Subramanian was standing nearby.
“Initially it seems that there was some communication gap,” Lohani told PTI.
Air India has reportedly offered employment to the victim’s family, along with financial compensation.