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Accident: 201121191 - Employee Injured In Fall From Airplane Tire

Accident: 201121191 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 10/27/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12551939711/04/19984512Northwest Airlines, Inc.
On October 27, 1998, Employee #1 was working as an aircraft mechanic to maintain DC-10 airplanes before flight departures. Employee #1 inspects wheel wells when completing the maintenance checklist. As part of the procedure, Employee #1 stood on the landing gear tires to gain height to pull a lever to open the wheel well door and then used a broom handle to push in the door latch. At the time of the incident Employee #1's foot slipped. He lost his balance and fell off the tire to the tarmac, a distance of about 4.5 feet. The employee was hospitalized with a fractured left kneecap.
Keywords: knee, aircraft, fracture, airport, work rules, mechanic, fall, lost balance, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125519397 Hospitalized injury Fracture Aircraft mechanics, excluding engine

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