In a small plane crash in India, an air passenger was left with a busted earpiece and his colleague was forced to play a game to help him out.
Now, India’s defence ministry is investigating how a mechanical device was installed in an air cargo container and the resulting air sickness resulted in the death of the pilot.
The air cargo was transporting fuel for a fighter jet, and it took off from the airport in Mumbai, India.
When the pilot arrived on the platform, he discovered a malfunctioning earpiece, which led to his colleague’s death.
The incident took place on June 8, 2017, when a pilot was trying to land the aircraft at a Mumbai airport, when the malfunctioned earpiece caused a crash landing.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has identified the pilot as Anupam Sharma, who was travelling from Delhi to Bengaluru.
The plane had been in the air for over two hours when it landed at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, according to the IAF’s official statement.
The pilot and the crew members were taken to hospital.
It was not immediately clear if they were airlifted to Mumbai or to a nearby hospital.
The earpiece malfunctioned during takeoff, leading to the crash landing, the statement said.
Sharma was the only crew member on board the aircraft.