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NHRC issues notices to Civil Aviation Ministry and Air India

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the Civil Aviation Ministry and Air India over reports of a technician’s death at the Mumbai Airport.

The Commission has issued notice to the Secretary, Union Civil Aviation Ministry and Chairman of Air India after taking suo motu cognizance of media reports that an Air India ground staffer, Ravi Subramanian, died after he was sucked into the engine of an aircraft at Mumbai Airport on December 16. They have been given two weeks to respond.

“The safety and security of both technical and non-technical staff are of great concern. Though the incident is pictured as an accident, the reports in the press are otherwise. Right to life guaranteed under the Constitution of India would include Right to Safety as well,” observed Justice D Murugesan, Member of NHRC, while issuing the notices.

An aircraft technician died after being sucked into the engine of an Air India aircraft during push back at the Mumbai Airport on December 16.

The mishap occurred when the co-pilot of Mumbai-Hyderabad flight 619 mistook a signal for starting the engine and the victim, Ravi Subramanian, who was standing close, got sucked into it at bay 28 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji domestic airport around 8:40 pm.

A committee has been set up under the Air India CMD to look into the incident while an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh has been granted to the victim’s family.

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