Safe Air engineer killed during engine test run

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An engineer was killed during an engine test run at Blenheim, New Zealand-based MRO provider Safe Air earlier today.

Local media have reported that the man was ingested into a Rolls-Royce Allison T56 turboprop engine while it was operated on an outside test rig.

Air New Zealand, the owner of the MRO company, confirmed that a 51-year old engineer who lived in the local community was killed during a routine maintenance operation this morning.

Safe Air overhauls T56 turboprop and Pratt & Whitney J52 turbojet engines for the air forces of New Zealand and Australia, BAE Systems and commercial operators.

T56 applications include the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules, P-3 Orion, Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound.