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Air India pilots suspended after worker ‘sucked into engine’

DELHI

Air India has suspended a pilot and co-pilot after a technician was sucked into an aircraft engine in Mumbai.

The incident is being officially probed by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, which functions under India’s civil aviation authority, reports BBC.

The accident happened on Wednesday as flight AI 619 from Mumbai to Hyderabad was being pushed back for departure.

The PTI news agency said the pilots had started the engines prematurely after mistaking a signal.

The body of the victim, identified as Ravi Subramanian, was so badly mutilated that it could not be sent for post mortem examination, PTI added.

Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani told reporters in Mumbai that the incident seemed to have been caused by a “communication gap” but did not elaborate further.

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