Baggage Handler Airlifted to Hospital After Plane Runs Over His Foot
A Rossiya Airlines flight ran over a grounds crew employee’s foot at London Gatwick airport on Wednesday afternoon. The man sustained a “serious lower limb injury” and was airlifted to a local hospital, a spokesperson for emergency services said.
The man was an employee for Dnata, a baggage handling company. His employer confirmed that the man was “injured following an incident on the airfield at Gatwick Airport and emergency services attended the scene.”
Flight 6620 was leaving London Gatwick, bound for St. Petersburg. The Airbus A319 was pushing back from the gate when it crushed the man’s foot.
The plane, which was carrying about 200 passengers, remained on the tarmac for two hours. Passengers said emergency crew were attempting to lift the plane to free the man from underneath the wheels. While doing so, “non-standard equipment was used, which resulted in damage to the aircraft,” according to the Aviation Herald.
Once the man was freed and airlifted to the hospital, the aircraft returned to the gate. The plane was taken out of service, and passengers disembarked and stayed overnight in hotels while the plane received maintenance.
The flight departed London Gatwick the following morning on a replacement aircraft.