A routine safety drill turned into a tragedy which left two dead at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday night.
Five personnel of the airport’s fire service department were carrying out a routine exercise when the fire tender they were driving skidded and fell into a storm water drain around 11.30 p.m.
Firemen Ashok Chandra Verma (54), a senior coordinator, and driver Nidhish Yadav were killed in the accident. Three others were also injured.
The fire tender, a state-of-the-art Rosenbauer-RB7, was racing on the airport’s new runway when it skidded near taxiway Zullu.
“Yadav, who was driving the heavy vehicle, tried to apply brakes but the vehicle turned and fell into a storm water drain running parallel to the runway,” said an airport official, who did not wish to be named as he isn’t authorised to speak.