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Aircraft mechanic dies in terrible accident on runway

Aircraft mechanic dies in terrible accident on runway

A mechanic searching for a tool on the tarmac of an Iranian airport instead suffered a tragic death when he was sucked into the engine of a Varesh Airlines plane. Indian Times reports that the Boeing 737-500 from Tehran landed safely at Chabahar Konarak Airport at around 7:15 am local time on July 3 and as passengers disembarked, an engine on the right side of the plane was started for a test run with the cowling doors open. NDTV points out that this is “standard practice” and that a mandatory safety perimeter has been set up around the engine.

However, mechanic Abolfazl Amiri apparently got too close to the engine and was sucked in just before it burst into flames. “Needless to say, he died instantly,” notes TMZ. Amiri’s body was reportedly recovered by firefighters who arrived on the scene. Iranian aviation authorities are investigating how this happened. A similar incident recently occurred in the United States: A ground crew member was sucked into the engine of a Delta plane in San Antonio, Texas, last year, although that incident was later ruled a suicide. (More Boeing stories.)