An Air India flight attendant was taken to hospital after falling out of the plane during boarding.
Flight boarding is usually a hectic time where passengers all form haphazard lines to stuff themselves into a tiny flying cylinder. For Air India flight 864 from Delhi to Mumbai, the boarding process was particularly troublesome when the greeting hostess fell out of the plane’s open door while closing it for taxiing.
According to India Today, Harsha Lobo, 53, was taken to hospital with serious injuries to her legs. The Associated Free Press reports that she was conscious, but in considerable pain due to multiple leg fractures.
The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, but from near as can be told so far, Lobo was closing the door of the Boeing-777 when she lost her balance and fell out of the aircraft. The incident happened Monday morning at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
"In an unfortunate incident, one of our cabin crew, Harsha Lobo, fell down on the tarmac from the Boeing-777 aircraft door while closing it," the airline said in a statement. "She sustained injuries to her legs and has been taken to the Nanavati Hospital for further treatment."
Normally, the door to the aircraft would be closed before the gantry is removed and airport vehicles assist with taxiing. It’s possible that taxiing began before the flight crew reported all doors being closed, leading to a sudden jolt from the aircraft and an unfortunate flight attendant falling out of the plane.
This is all conjecture, of course, but Air India does have a bit of a history for these kinds of incidents.
Last week, an Air India flight bound for Dubai struck a retaining wall at the end of a Tricky airport runway, ripping a huge gash in the plane’s fuselage. The Boeing aircraft flew for four hours before being diverted to Mumbai for an emergency landing.
And just a few years ago, an Air India technician met a gruesome end when he was sucked into a jet turbine. The co-pilot mistook a signal from the ground crew as clearance to depart and started the engine with the technician still nearby.