A Russian air stewardess was injured when she fell out of an aircraft which was struck by a catering truck as it prepared to depart from its gate at Dubai airport on Monday morning.
The Airbus A321-200, operated by Ural Airlines, was preparing to depart for its flight from Dubai to the Russian city of Perm when a ground catering truck impacted the tail of the aircraft causing the flight attendant to fall out of the aircraft through the open door, landing on the tarmac 4 metres below.
The 37-year-old air stewardess, who has been named as Marina Zhelyamova, sustained injuries “that were not life threatening” and was taken to a nearby Dubai hospital where she is said to be in a stable condition.
The Aviation Herald said the aircraft received "quite some" damage as a result of the collision with the catering ground vehicle and a replacement aircraft was sought, resulting in the flight being delayed by 14.5 hours.
The truck driver was questioned by police but was released a few hours later.
The operator of the catering truck, Emirates Flight Catering, issued the following statement regarding the incident: “At 0455 Monday
morning, 17th February, an Emirates Flight Catering hi-loader made impact with
the Ural Airlines aircraft operating as flight 6806 at Dubai International
Airport. Our vehicle was starting the positioning process to service the rear
galley when the incident occurred. Unfortunately one of the airline’s
flight attendants was hurt during the incident and received medical attention.
A company representative visited her in hospital and provided support to ensure
she was well cared for. We cannot comment further at this stage as the matter
is currently under investigation with the authorities.”