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Man Dies After Being Sucked Into Plane Engine At Mumbai Airport

Air India confirmed one of its technicians was killed in the incident, which happened after a flight bound for Hyderabad was pushed back.

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A man died after being sucked into the engine of a passenger jet at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in India on Wednesday evening.

Air India identified the man as one of their technicians, and said the incident happened while flight AI 619 from Mumbai to Hyderabad was being pushed backwards onto the runway.

The technician has been identified in multiple Indian outlets as Ravi Subramanian.

AI CMD MrAshwani Lohani said we are deeply saddened & regret the tragic incident @ Mumbai airport this evening when an Air India technician

Managing director Ashawani Lohani said he was "deeply saddened" by the "tragic incident." The airline tweeted its condolences to the family of the technician, and described the incident — which is being investigated — as a "mishap."

died in a mishap during pushback of flight AI 619. The incident is being investigated. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

Speaking to the Indian Express, Lohani said: "The flight was already boarded. It was ready for takeoff. While it was pushing back [being towed backwards before taxiing] to come on the airstrip, he was working on the ground. His body got entangled in the engine."

An airport official who spoke to the Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity reportedly said that they were "absolutely clueless on how this person was near the aircraft."

"Only an inquiry can establish whose negligence it was and whether the engine should have been switched on at that time,” they said.

The official added the body was still stuck in the engine as of Thursday.

Several investigations into the case have been launched independently by Air India, local police, the civil aviation directorate, and other authorities, according to the Hindustan Times.

A similar incident happened in Chennai in the late 1990s, when a bird scarer who was running towards the plane got sucked in as the jet prepared for takeoff.