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Air India flight attendant falls off plane at Mumbai airport

Air India flight attendant falls off plane at Mumbai airport”

Air India air hostess suffered serious injuries after she fell off an Air India aircraft while closing the door of the plane before departure.

Debt-laden Air India has been hit by a string of technical glitches and other embarrassing incidents, including staff turning up late for flights, over the years.

It added the woman was injured and brought to Nanavati Hospital for "further treatment". Air India advised that they had referred the incident to the Indian civil aviation authority, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Ms Lobo has a compound fracture in the right leg, both heels and soft tissue injuries to her chest, abdomen and lower spine, said hospital sources.

Owing to the incident, the flight AI-864, scheduled to take off at 7 am, got delayed by about one-and-a-half hours.

'In an unfortunate incident, one of our cabin crew (members), Harsha Lobo, fell down on the tarmac from the Boeing-777 aircraft door while closing it, ' the airline said in a statement. "She is being treated under Dr Prakash M Doshi, Director of Orthopedics and Traumatology and is now under observation".

According to officials in Nanavati Super speciality hospital, the air hostess is undergoing a series of tests.

This isn't the first time an airline employee has fallen out of an aircraft. The airline is now looking into whether the incident was caused by a technical snag or pilot error.

An Air India plane with 130 passengers and six crew members on board took off last Friday from Trichy despite hitting an airport wall. IndiGo has been facing problems with the Pratt & Whitney engines powering its A320 neo aircraft, Sputnik reported last week.

Besides B777, it will also operate its 423-seater, double-decker Boeing 747 aircraft to Mumbai and Kolkata from New Delhi, starting Tuesday as part of this strategy.



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