Man of Indian origin killed in Chicago airport accident

A man of Indian descent was killed in an accident involving airport equipment in Chicago, according to reports.

Jijo George, 35, whose family is from Kerala, was crushed to death by equipment on Sunday in a hangar at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, where he worked as a maintenance mechanic, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

The publication said police said he was found “unresponsive” under equipment used to move airplanes to the ground, and taken to a hospital.

George died in the hospital and a post-mortem report from the local medical examiner ruled the death was an accident, according to the Sun-Times.

He worked for Envoy Air and the publication quoted his spokesperson Minnette Velez-Contly as saying, “Currently, the situation is under investigation by our security organization.”

“We are providing support to the family and our employees to help them overcome this loss,” he added.

On behalf of the Indian community, a fundraiser was organized for George’s family on GoFundMe, an Internet crowdfunding site.

Nisha Eric and Gladson Varghese, who organized the fundraiser, said on the site: “As a community, let’s come together to help this family in their time of need.”

They said George’s wife, 36, was expecting a second child.

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