Sunday, September 12, 2010

Freak accident kills Air Asia staffer at Hyderabad airport

05 September 2010

Retracting aerobridge traps Guest Services Officer's hand

A Guest Services Officer of Air Asia, Amritha Roy, died after her hand got trapped in a retracting aerobridge at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Hyderabad on Sunday morning.

Ms. Roy, aged 24, had ensured that the Air Asia passengers bound for Kuala Lumpur boarded the aircraft and was on the aerobridge number 55, when the operator began bridge retracting operations. Ms. Roy’s hand got trapped in the telescoping aerobridge.

“She immediately collapsed out of shock and was rushed to Apollo Medical Centre at the airport for emergency medical attention,” an airport press release said later. She was declared dead by doctors.

The airport police have registered a case of death due to negligence (Sec. 304-A) based on a complaint by the Airport Manager Suraj. Airport Station Police Inspector R Sanjay Kumar said the police would investgate the incident and the aspect of negligence. However, no one has been cited as accused in the FIR, he added.

P. Sripathy, CEO of RGIA in Hyderabad said, "The airport authorities have formed a committee headed by Deputy CEO and comprising the Chief Operating officer of Delhi Airport and Chief Security Officer at Hyderabad Airport to investigate the incident and ascertain complete facts of the case."

“The incident is most unexpected in nature and it is very unfortunate. We deeply condole her death and our prayers are with her family”, the airport press release added.

Ms.Roy hails from Kolkata. Her body is being sent there, airport sources said.

K. Srinivas Reddy

The Hindu

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