Plane Runs Over Airport Worker’s Foot at Gatwick
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Russia-bound Rossiya Airlines Flight 6620 allegedly ran over a ground worker’s foot around 5pm Wednesday while taxiing away from the gate at London Gatwick Airport (LGW).
Concerned passenger Flora Lu tweeted about the incident, posting photos on Twitter to accompany a question: “We have been told that our plane ran over a person at takeoff from Gatwick to St. Petersburg. They were trying to lift the plane. Anyone knows what happened?” She finished out her post by hashtagging several British news publications, grabbing their attention.
Lu’s Twitter photographs depict police cars, ambulances and fire engines clustered around the Airbus A319 aircraft, which was transporting around 200 passengers to St. Petersburg, Russia, according to reports. Lu also said that cabin crew informed passengers that a person was trapped under the plane. The plane sat on the tarmac for more than two hours as ground crew sought to free the operations agent who had been struck.
A follow-up tweet further stated that the operations crew had successfully extricated the injured ground worker, and that the aircraft was now awaiting repair as “the plane is not operational now,” Lu said. The Daily Mail reported that passengers are being offered accommodations to spend the night in London because the flight will not operate until it has been checked for any damage and repaired.
Other travelers chimed in on social media:
A spokesperson for London Gatwick Airport said: “We can confirm that an incident took place on the airfield at 1710 where a Dnata employee was unfortunately injured and the emergency services were required to attend.”
Cabin crew also told passengers that they are now awaiting repairs to the aircraft. The Dnata employee was taken to the hospital via helicopter, where his current condition is unknown as of yet, according to The Sun. The incident is being investigated by the authorities.
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