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Air engineer sucked into plane engine

An engineer working at an aeroplane testing centre in New Zealand was killed yesterday when he was sucked into an engine.

Air New Zealand confirmed the man was performing routine maintenance on a Lockheed C-130 Hercules airplane engine when he was sucked into the engine. An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said the engine was sitting on a stand without propellers attached and was not fixed to a plane at the time of the accident at an airfield in Blenheim.

A police spokeswoman, Barbara Dunn, said emergency services could not revive the man. The man worked for Safe Air, a subsidiary of Air New Zealand.