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Airline Employee Dies In Freak Mishap At Hyderabad Airport

Hyderabad: In a tragic incident, Amrita Roy, a woman crew member of AirAsia died of shock after her right hand got stuck in the telescopic aerobridge that was being retracted after passengers boarded a Kuala
PTI September 06, 2010 12:01 IST
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Hyderabad: In a tragic incident, Amrita Roy, a woman crew member of AirAsia died of shock after her right hand got stuck in the telescopic aerobridge that was being retracted after passengers boarded a Kuala Lampur-bound flight at the Rajiv Gandhi (RGI) International Airport in Shamshabad on Sunday morning, reports Times of India.

The victim, Amrita Roy, 25, of Kolkata, was a guest services officer of AirAsia.  

The accident occurred immediately after she ushered in passengers on board the Hyderabad-Kuala Lampur flight (AK 224). After the last passenger boarded the plane, Amrita Roy first went into the aircraft to check whether the number of checked-in passengers matched with those inside.

At around 9.36 am, she got onto the aerobridge number 55 to jot down other details like push back and stock off timings, police said.

While noting down the details, Amrita leaned on to the aerobridge glass wall and did not notice the retraction process. Initially, her left hand got trapped in the retracting bridge and she used her right hand to pull it out. Her left hand became free, but the right one got trapped and crushed. Her colleagues immediately raised an alarm and the retraction stopped, RGI airport inspector R Sanjay Kumar said.

Due to the injury, Amrita immediately collapsed and went into a shock. Her colleagues immediately rushed her to the Apollo Medical Centre at the airport for emergency medical attention, where she succumbed while undergoing treatment at around 10.40 am, an airport spokesperson said.

RGI Airport CEO P Sripathy described the incident as most unfortunate one. “We deeply condole Amrita's death. A committee, headed by Deputy CEO Vikram Jaisinghania, has been formed to investigate the incident and ascertain the facts of the case,” he added. Airports panel to probe death.

Acommittee headed by Deputy CEO of RGI airport Vikram Jaisinghania and comprising chief operating officer of Delhi airport and chief security officer at RGI airport, will investigate into the death of AirAsia crew member at Shamshabad her on Sunday. They will verify whether it was the mistake of the aerobridge operator or the victim. According to airport officials, Amrita Roy, the only child of her parents, joined AirAsia on June 16. She was staying with her mother at Attapur. The body has been sent for a post-mortem to Osmania General Hospital. AirAsia authorities in association with the airport officials are making arrangements to airlift the body to Kolkata, the spokesperson said.

Based on a complaint lodged by airport manager Suraj, a case was registered under section 304-A (causing death due to rash or negligent act) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, police have not mentioned the name of the accused in the FIR as the airport was also conducting a probe.