New Zealand Engineer Dead After Being Sucked Into Plane Engine
The accident happened just after 8 a.m. local time on Monday at a Safe Air aircraft engine testing facility at Woodbourne Air Field, located near Blenheim on the South Island of New Zealand. Safe Air is a subsidiary of Air New Zealand.
According to Air New Zealand, the Rolls-Royce T56 turboprop engine from a Royal New Zealand Air Force Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules cargo plane was being tested without its propellers on when
, reportedly entered the testing enclosure and was sucked into the engine.
Tasman Police Acting District Commander Steve Caldwell said emergency services performed CPR on the Hunter, but their attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. “Police are investigating this death on behalf of Coroner who will determine the cause of death in due course,” Caldwell said.
The acting district command said police are also assisting an Occupational Safety and Health Investigation as the death occurred during the engineer’s work. He identified the victim as Miles Hunter of Blenheim.
The Marlborough Express newspaper reported that the engine will be dismantled to recover parts of the body.