He was too young to die. That was the first thought that ran through Mr Balasaravan's mind when he received the news of his brother-in-law's death.
SIA Engineering Company's (SIAEC) aircraft technician Puvanalingam Balakrishnan, 34, died in the hospital yesterday from severe head and leg injuries. Mr Puvanalingam was walking under the aircraft docking system platform at SIAEC's hangar near Changi Airport when the platform collapsed on him.
Mr Gary Ho, a senior lecturer in Temasek Polytechnic's Aviation Management and Services diploma course, said the weight of the platform depends on the size of the docking system. This can range anywhere between a few hundred kilograms and a few tonnes.
Mr Puvanalingam, a Malaysian national who has been working at SIAEC for the past 12 years, leaves behind a wife and two daughters. TNP understands that his wife also works in Singapore. Still in a state of shock and disbelief, Mr Balasaravan had only good things to say about the victim, repeating every few sentences that he was a "very nice person" .
Said Mr Balasaravan: "He really loved his job at SIAEC. Whenever he had the chance, he would talk about his job. Even during gatherings, we would hear him talking about planes." Mr Balasaravan added that his brother-in-law was "very attached to his family".
"He was very broad-minded, caring, and loved his family very much. He had a good number of friends as well, and even had his own group of superbikers. That was one of his hobbies."