Air hostess falls out of Air India plane, suffers injuries

Air hostess falls out of Air India plane, suffers injuries

The wide-body Boeing 777 aircraft was preparing to depart for New Delhi when Harsha Lobo fell on the tarmac from a height of 20 feet, apparently through a gap between the rear door and the step ladder, a senior Air India official said.

After the incident, Air India launched a probe into the mishap and issued a statement saying, "In an unfortunate incident today, one of our cabin crew Ms.Harsha Lobo, operating flight AI-864, BOM-DEL, fell down on tarmac from B777 aircraft door L5 while closing it". A team of orthopaedic specialists are taking care of her, Nanavati Hospital chief Rajendra Patankar told reporters.

While the incident took place at about 6.15 a.m., Ms. Lobo was provided emergency care by doctors at the Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) at 6.18 a.m.

The air-hostess was later admitted to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital for treatment.

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Three years ago, an Air India engineer was sucked into an aircraft's engine at the Mumbai airport when the pilots started the engines prematurely after mistaking a signal.

An Air India plane with 130 passengers and six crew members on board took off last Friday from Trichy despite hitting an airport wall. "An investigation will be carried out to determine the exact cause of the incident".

"I will never fly Air India, can not believe this pilot was unaware of the danger he put his crew and passengers in", one Twitter user commented. Last month, passengers on a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur suffered nose and ear bleeding when the crew "forgot" to maintain cabin pressure. The Times of India reported that there was some damage to the belly of the aircraft but after some time on the ground it was able to resume operations.

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