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Accident: 170003651 - Employee Killed When Crushed Between Towmotor And Aircraft

Accident: 170003651 -- Report ID: 1055320 -- Event Date: 05/19/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30310519105/19/20004512Alaska Airlines Inc
Employee #1, an 18-year-old ramp agent with Alaska Airlines, was transporting and loading some last-minute baggage. He pulled his towmotor perpendicular to the airplane and dismounted. He was unloading a bag from the baggage tug when the vehicle started to move toward the plane. In an effort to stop it, Employee #1 ran between it and the airplane and tried to fend it off with his arms. He was crushed between the tug and the aircraft. Employee #1 was declared dead at the scene. He had set the parking brake on the tug, but had left it running and in gear; apparently the parking brake lever had disengaged. Employee #1 had been working in this position for one month prior to the accident.
Keywords: aircraft, vehicle in gear, brake, work rules, caught between, crushed, off loading, unmanned, mech malfunction, towmotor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303105191 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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