Air India technician died after getting sucked into the engine of Air India flight 619 that was to fly from Mumbai to Hyderabad on Wednesday.
The accident occurred at around 9 pm in the bay of T2 Terminal at Mumbai Airport.
"During the pusback, the co-pilot mistook a signal for engine start. As he switched on the engine, it sucked in the technician standing nearby," Air India sources said.
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Can be done with app and pilot can se on his smart phone
Or a roll call before the engine starts of all techies assembled in a safe zone.
The techie who died was at his mandated station. The current procedures are good enough, if followed religiously and completely, without any hero giri or shortcuts.
this is the clearest picture to emerge so far.
Nevertheless, over 24 hours after the accident, a few details of the incident have emerged. An email titled ‘A black day in the history of Indian aviation’, sent by a Mumbai maintenance manager of IndiGo to his colleagues, pointed to several lapses as well as instances of non-adherence to the standard operating procedure (SoP).
“After pushback, the technician instructed the helper to remove the tow bar. The helper removed the tow bar and, in all this time, the technician was facing the tow truck with his back to the engine. In the meantime, captain got taxi clearance from ATC and he was informed by co-pilot that aircraft was clear.
The technician still on headset and with his back still facing the engines, aircraft started to move with both engines on (sic). With no chocks placed, the aircraft started moving and sucked the technician. The helper… immediately sat down and got saved,” he wrote.
The mail went on to say that the aircraft maintenance engineer (AME), the final authority for signing off the aircraft, was not present at the spot. IndiGo did not comment on the email.
Safety experts also blamed the negligence of the officials concerned for the incident. “How can the AME not be present? Who signed the tech-log prior to flight departure? The AME has to be present on the ground, near the vicinity of the aircraft when it is being pushed back,” said a safety expert on the condition of anonymity.
“It is the AME who coordinates between the pilot and the technician when the aircraft is being pulled back. A technician is not responsible for the departure of an aircraft. If the AME was present, he could have alerted the pilots or the technician,” he added.
The role of the captain and the co-pilot, both of whom have been grounded, has also come under the scanner. “The pilots have to ensure that both the left and right sides of the aircraft are clear before they release the parking brake and taxi out. If the processes aren’t followed, it amounts to criminal negligence. Complacency and overconfidence can result in dire consequences,” said an official.