Indian airline technician killed in freak accident

An Indian airline technician has died after accidentally getting trapped in a plane door in the country's West Bengal state.
Rohit Pandey was performing maintenance work on a SpiceJet aircraft at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, when a hydraulic door 'inadvertently' closed and he got stuck between the door flaps, according to a spokesperson.
A doctor was called immediately after the freak incident was reported at about 1:45 a.m., said Kaushik Bhattacharya, director of the Kolkata airport.

'The body could not be pulled out and the doors had to be cut by mechanics,' Bhattacharya added.
Pandey was declared dead shortly after the doors were broken.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a federal regulatory body, has launched an investigation into the accident.
In a statement, SpiceJet said it was 'extremely saddened' by the news and that 'the entire SpiceJet family stands together in grief in this unfortunate incident.'
SpiceJet has a good safety record., which evaluates airline safety worldwide, gave SpiceJet a rating of 7/7, citing its compliance with international safety parameters and fatality-free record.
But Pandey's accident comes amid a difficult few weeks for the budget carrier.
Last week, a SpiceJet plane overshot the runway at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai, according to CNN affiliate News18.
No injuries were reported, but the aircraft was stuck on the runway and the surrounding grass all night.
Last Tuesday, the DGCA conducted safety audits and found maintenance issues with SpiceJet, issuing the airline show cause notices, meaning it must submit a mandatory response on the cited problems.
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