Air India air hostess falls off plane, hospitalised

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Mumbai, Oct 15: A 53-year-old air hostess suffered serious injuries on Monday after falling off an Air India aircraft which was getting ready for departure for New Delhi from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, the airline said.

The incident took place in the morning on the Air India’s New Delhi-bound flight AI 864.

The air hostess, Harsha Lobo, sustained serious fractures to her backbone and injuries to her right leg and has been admitted to Nanavati hospital in Vile Parle.

She fell out of a gap between the ladder and the plane while she went to close the door.

“Lobo fell out of the L5 door. She is semi-conscious but had sustained severe injuries. While she went to open L5 to close a step ladder, there was a gap between the ladder and the plane due to which she fell right through,” a source in the airline said.

According to officials in Nanavati Super speciality hospital, the air hostess is undergoing a series of tests. “She is in our emergency ward. The line of treatment will be decided after we conduct all tests,” an official said.

The airline termed the incident as “unfortunate” and said that it was investigating into it. “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 sustained injuries to her legs and has been taken to the Nanavati Hospital for further treatment,” it added.

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