Horror as ground engineer killed after sucked into Boeing 737 engine as he went to retrieve a tool near aircraft

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A mechanic has been sucked into a Boeing passenger jet's engine and killed after he went to retrieve a tool near the aircraft. 

Local mechanic Abolfazl Amiri was doing routine maintenance work on Iranian domestic airline Varesh Airline's Boeing 737-500 when he was sucked into the engine. The incident occurred at Chabahar Konarak airport in southern Iran.

According to Bild, the engine on the right-hand side had been started for a test run with the cover flaps open. A safety area had been set up around the engine as is usually required. 

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But when Amiri realised he had forgotten a tool on the engine, he went back and was sucked in and killed before the engine caught fire. His remains were recovered after the airport fire brigade arrived at the scene.

Iran's aviation authority has ordered an investigation into the accident. Breaking Aviation News and Videos posted a video on X, formerly Twitter, showing the fire brigade team surrounding the plane’s engine.

It said: “Ground engineer killed after being ingested in the engine of a Varash Airlines 737 at Chabahar Konarak Airport in Iran. The incident on July 2 happened when the 737-500 was undergoing maintenance and the right engine was running. It is reported that the engineer entered the safety zone to retrieve some tools.”

One user replied to the video saying “RIP that’s terrible” while another said “absolute horrible”. A third person wrote: “Very sad”.

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