Airport mishap: police identify ‘killer’ vehicle


New Delhi : A heavy vehicle that mowed down a woman engineer near a runway at the capital’s domestic airport was identified Friday, but police are still to ascertain the identity of the driver.

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“We have zeroed in on a vehicle which ran over Sanskriti Sinha, an engineer with private airlines Air Deccan late Monday, after tyre marks of the vehicle completely matched with those found on the victim’s body,” a senior police official told IANS.

“We are trying to ascertain the identity of the driver, who was behind the wheels at the time of the accident. The accused could be arrested any moment as verification of details is underway,” the official added.

However, the official refused to divulge the make of the vehicle and also to which airlines it belonged.

Sanskriti, a 28-year-old aeronautical engineer, was allegedly run over by a heavy vehicle while she was moving towards the hangar area to attend to some technical requirements of an aircraft late Monday. Her body was found with her head completely crushed.

According to airport officials, a pilot of Spice Jet airlines, who was readying for take-off, informed the Air Traffic Control around 10 p.m. Monday that there was something suspicious lying on the taxiway and should be dealt with immediately.

The airport manager found Sanskriti’s body half an hour later and informed the police, who have not ruled out foul play.

Sanskriti had worked in the aviation industry for six years. She came to Delhi to pursue higher studies and had been an employee of Air Deccan for the past two years.