Mumbai: Air India hostess falls off aircraft, suffers serious fractures

A 53-year-old air hostess was injured Monday after falling off an Air India aircraft which was getting ready for departure at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport


The woman, who is an Air India cabin crew member fell from Boeing 747 aircraft while opening the L5 door at Mumbai International airport.

In an unfortunate incident, Harsha Lobo, a cabin crew member on the Air India’s New Delhi-bound flight AI 864 fell down on the tarmac from the Boeing-777 aircraft door while closing it, said an Air India statement

“She sustained injuries to her legs and has been taken to the Nanavati Hospital for further treatment,” it added.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Rajendra Patankar, COO of Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, said, “A cabin crew member from the Air India flight was brought to Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital at 7am after she suffered serious injuries. The patient is suffering from right leg compound fracture, fracture in both heels and soft tissue injury in chest, abdomen and lower spine. She also suffered from a sprain in the neck (cervical spine). She is being treated under Dr Prakash M Doshi, Director of Orthopaedics and Traumatology and is currently under observation.”

Air India flight AI864 was scheduled to depart for Delhi at 7 am. The sources said that during pre boarding, she went to open the L5 door of the Boeing 777 to allow the step ladder to align with the door. There was a gap in the process of opening the door, she slipped and fell onto the tarmac.