Trainee technician dies as SpiceJet plane's landing gear doors close
July 10 2019 07:03 PM
A man walks past a Bombardier Q400 of SpiceJet on static display ,at Paris Air Show , June 16, 2019
A man walks past a Bombardier Q400 of SpiceJet on static display, on 16th of last month, at the eve of the opening of the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France

Reuters/New Delhi

A trainee aircraft technician died after becoming pincered between a plane's landing gear doors in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata on Wednesday, the airline said.
Rohit Pandey was working on a Bombardier-developed Q400 turboprop plane operated by SpiceJet when the hydraulic landing gear doors closed, the airline said in a statement.
"The hydraulic doors were broken to rescue Mr. Pandey but he was declared dead," the statement said.
Kaushik Bhattacharjee, director of Kolkata airport, said a team from the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had visited the site of the accident, which happened just after midnight.
"DGCA has already started an inquiry," Bhattacharjee told Reuters, adding that Pandey was a 23-year-old trainee technician.
In 2017, SpiceJet, a low-cost carrier, agreed to buy up to 50 Q400 aircraft in a deal, estimated to be worth up to $1.7 billion, from Canada's Bombardier. The Q400 aircraft programme is now owned by Canadian plane manufacturer Viking Air.
SpiceJet did not provide more details of the accident. 



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