Gatwick Airport incident: Emergency services descend after ground crew member ‘struck by plane’

Emergency services descended on Gatwick Airport after a ground crew member was reportedly struck by a plane.

Police cars, ambulances and fire engines were pictured around the Russia-bound Rossiya aircraft on Wednesday afternoon.

A number of people took to social media in confusion as the incident unfolded and plane remained stationary on the tarmac.

Twitter user Flora Lu said the plane ran over the foot of the ground crew member.

She wrote: “We have been told that our plane ran over a person at takeoff from Gatwick to St Petersburg. They were trying to lift the plane.”

She added later: “All police, ambulance and fire brigades left. Few more airport service vehicles arrived. Cabin crew just confirmed our plane ran over the foot of ground crew member.

“Hope he’ll be ok. Waiting for extra plane “parts” as the plane is not operational now.”

Another Twitter user, Erin Gerahty, said: “Something funny happening.”

A Gatwick Airport spokesman said: “We can confirm that an incident took place on the airfield at 1710 where a dnata employee was unfortunately injured and the emergency services were required to attend.”

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