A Tragedy at Koltsovo: Ground Worker Injured in Ural Airlines Taxi Incident

A serious accident occurred on May 19th, 2024, at Koltsovo International Airport in Yekaterinburg, Russia. A ground worker employed by Ural Airlines sustained significant injuries after an Airbus A320 belonging to the same company began taxiing without proper clearance. Details surrounding the incident remain under investigation. Reports suggest the ground worker was still in front of the aircraft when the pilot initiated the taxi procedure. The A320, most likely during its pushback from the gate, collided with the ground worker, resulting in serious leg injuries.


The injured worker was rushed to the hospital and reportedly underwent leg amputation surgery. He is currently in intensive care and hasn't regained consciousness. Ural Airlines has confirmed the incident and grounded the involved aircraft. The airline also stated the pilot had been removed from the flight schedule.


Russia's Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case, citing a potential violation of safety rules that led to serious injuries. The Prosecutor's Office is also involved in the investigation. This incident raises concerns about communication protocols between pilots and ground crew at Ural Airlines. Authorities are likely to scrutinize these procedures to prevent similar accidents in the future.

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The aviation industry adheres to strict safety protocols to ensure the well-being of passengers, crew, and ground personnel. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of following these procedures meticulously to avoid such tragedies.


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