Eyewitnesses say driver was using a mobile
People dying in accidents inside the Indira Gandhi International Airport is not new. But Saturday night's accident was different- it happened outside the departure terminal, something unheard of till now.
This part of the airport was, as usual, packed with vehicles and passengers after midnight and people were gathering their luggage outside Gate No 3 of terminal 2.
Ukranian national Mikhialov also arrived with his son in an inter-terminal coach from the domestic terminal, where he had landed from Kolkata just a few hours back on route to Moscow.
He was taking out his luggage from the coach's boot when a Volvo bus climbed on to the enclosure outside the terminal, headed straight towards the inter-terminal coach and hit him from behind, police said.
Before Mikhialov could realize, the bus hit him on his back, throwing him a few metres away, the police said. His son was standing next to him but could just watch in horror as the bus then went on to ram three more people, the police said.
"The brakes were not working," said an officer after the accident. Eyewitnesses had a different story to tell. "The driver wasn't concentrating. He was talking on his cell phone," said an eyewitness.
Mikhialov, Shambhu and Vimal Mandal and another man were rushed to the Indian Spinal Injuries hospital where Mikhialov was declared brought dead. Shambhu was admitted in the ICU but his condition was said to be stable. Mandal was soon discharged after first- aid. Mikhialov was on a business trip to India.