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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200831543 Event: 07/02/2009Employee'S Hands Are Crushed When Tire Explodes
On July 2, 2009, Employee #1 was securing a high pressure fitting, called a chuk, to the valve stem on the right nose tire of the aircraft. Employee #1 was using a wrench. At the same time, his coworker opened a regulator on the nitrogen cylinders. The split rim tire exploded, causing Employee #1 to sustain multiple amputations and broken bones to both his hands and arms. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: wrench, aircraft, amputated, cylinder, nitrogen, explosion, valve, tire rim, hand, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 307637777 Hospitalized injury Amputation Aircraft mechanics, excluding engine

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