Air hostess falls out of plane, suffers injuries

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The woman crew member fell off while closing the door of the aircraft.

Chennai: The Dubai-bound Air India Express flight that hit the upper portion of the five feet tall boundary wall of the Trichy airport in Tamil Nadu was not overloaded, an airline official said on Monday. A team of orthopaedic specialists are taking care of her, Nanavati Hospital chief Rajendra Patankar told reporters. Soon after the incident took place, the airport and Air India staff rushed the Air India air hostess to Nanavati hospital for treatment. "She is suffering from right leg compound fracture, fracture in both heels & soft tissue injury in chest, abdomen and lower spine", news agency ANI quoted Nanavati Hospital. "She is being treated under Dr Prakash M Doshi, Director of Orthopedics and Traumatology and is now under observation".

Air India has launched a probe into the mishap.

The pilots, unaware of the accident, took off as scheduled and flew for around three hours, until they realized the aircraft had been damaged and the made an emergency landing at Mumbai. "An investigation will be carried out to determine the exact cause of the incident".

The incident occurred at around 6 am, the official said. IndiGo has been facing problems with the Pratt & Whitney engines powering its A320 neo aircraft, Sputnik reported last week.

The plane had 130 passengers and six crew members on board.

Last month, an Indian passenger sparked panic in mid-air when he tried to open a plane door, apparently mistaking it for the toilet.

Besides B777, it will also operate its 423-seater, double-decker Boeing 747 aircraft to Mumbai and Kolkata from New Delhi, starting Tuesday as part of this strategy.

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