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Gatwick Airport worker 'run over' by plane

Crews at scene Image copyright Salviana Medeiros Kolliker
Image caption The man was working airside at Gatwick Airport's north terminal

A man has been injured by a plane while working at Gatwick Airport.

The man, who had been working on the ground guiding aeroplanes, was hurt at about 17:15 BST on Wednesday at the north terminal.

He was injured by a Russian-bound Rossiya Airlines aircraft, a Gatwick Airport spokesman said.

Passengers said they had been told by crew the plane had run over a ground crew member's foot. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is investigating.

Image copyright Salviana Medeiros Kolliker
Image caption Passengers were told the plane had run over the man's foot
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The man was airlifted to hospital in London with an ankle and foot injury, the South East Coast Ambulance Service said.

A spokesman for Dnata, which employed the man, said: "We can confirm that a Dnata UK employee was injured yesterday following an incident on the airfield at Gatwick airport and emergency services attended the scene.

"The employee has now been discharged from hospital and we will continue to provide them with the necessary support as they recover."

Image copyright Salviana Medeiros Kolliker
Image caption The man received treatment at the scene and was taken to hospital but later discharged

He said the company would be working with those investigating the incident.

Salviana Medeiros Kollikor, who had landed at the airport from Switzerland shortly before, said she was alerted to the drama as she made her way to the terminal.

She said: "I saw fire trucks, ambulances. The police were everywhere. As I got closer, it looked like someone was under the wheel, but I couldn't see because there were so many people around the person. But I could tell somebody was receiving a drip."

The plane's departure was delayed until Thursday.

Image copyright Salviana Medeiros Kolliker
Image caption The flight was delayed until Thursday

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