Guwahati: A SpiceJet technician was killed when the hydraulic door of the main landing gear of a stationed Bombardier Q400 aircraft closed accidentally while he was carrying out regular maintenance work at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, West Bengal on Wednesday.
The deceased has been identified as 22-year-old Rohit Pandey, an aircraft engineer of the budget airline posted in Kolkata. He was a resident of Kandivali area near north Mumbai in Maharashtra.
The incident happened around 1.30 am on Wednesday, when the SpiceJet plane was parked at Bay No. 32 of Kolkata airport for maintenance work.
In a statement release by SpiceJet, the airline said that it was extremely saddened to share about the unfortunate demise of a young technician during maintenance work at the Kolkata airport.
Meanwhile, a team of Kolkata police visited the spot immediately after the incident and a case was filed at the Kolkata airport police station.
The police team also collected evidence from the accident spot for forensic tests and will file a report based on the results.
The landing gear door of an aircraft is a mechanism which is supposed to cover the landing gear during a flight. It comprises three parts — a hydraulic opening system, a gravitational opening system, and a hydraulic closing system.
The aim of the landing gear door is to guarantee both protection of the landing gear, while also maintaining the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft. These doors are located below the aircraft and ensure that the minimum area opens while the landing gear extends out for the aircraft to land safely.