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Bus runs into passengers at airport, 1 dies

A Ukrainian national has been killed and three other passengers injured when a bus hit them at the packed departure terminal, report Sidhartha Roy and Ravi Bajpai.
Hindustan Times | By Sidhartha Roy and Ravi Bajpai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2008 01:07 AM IST

Chaos caused by the modernization work at the IGI Airport had so far resulted in congestion and passengers missing flights while standing in long queues. On Sunday, it caused a death.

A Ukrainian national was killed and three other passengers were injured when a bus hit them at the packed departure terminal.

The victims, who were booked on a Moscow-bound flight of Indian, were taking out luggage from an inter-terminal transfer coach when the bus carrying crew members of Lufthansa Airlines hit them right outside Gate no 3 of Terminal 2 around 12.50 am, police said.

The bus carrying the cabin crew should not have been there in the first place had the plans to ban buses carrying airline crew, airport staff and DTC buses from the departure terminal been implemented. While DTC buses are already off the departure drop-off area, buses ferrying airline cabin crew have not been shifted to arrival area downstairs as elevators are yet to come up there.

Private airport operator Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. said it would take three more months for a special parking area and bigger elevators to come up. "How would the crew come up to the departure area without elevators?" a DIAL official said.

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