The Ministry of Civil Aviation issued a statement confirming that the Directorate General of Aviation (DGCA) will be conducting an enquiry into a freak accident that caused the death of a SpiceJet employee, Rohit Pandey, in Kolkata in the wee hours of July 10.
“We are anguished by the tragic incident at Kolkata airport where one Spicejet technician died while carrying out maintenance work. DGCA will conduct a detailed inquiry and take appropriate action,” read the note.
Pandey, who was carrying out maintenance work on an aircraft when he got stuck between the hydraulic door flaps of the main landing gear when they closed accidentally. Fire department personnel were called to pull him out but he was declared dead after being rescued.
In a statement, SpiceJet said, “We are extremely saddened to share that our technician Mr. Rohit Pandey passed away last night in an unfortunate incident at the Kolkata airport. Mr. Pandey was doing maintenance work in landing gear wheel well area of a Q400 aircraft at Kolkata airport. Inadvertently, the main landing gear hydraulic door closed and he got stuck in between the hydraulic door flaps. The entire SpiceJet family stands together in grief in this unfortunate incident.”