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Pain In The Ramp - Careless (and Public) Goofs  
User currently offlineJeoff10 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

Chiefest of sinners here. In 1978 at ONT, the first Golden West Airlines flight (DH-6 Twin Otter) from LAX usually came in empty of luggage and maybe one pax. I would usually take the electric tug without a luggage trailer down to the plane. This one morning, due to fog ops at LAX the night before, it came in loaded with luggage. I STUPIDLY tried to stack the luggage on the back of the tug instead of getting the trailer. While I was stacking, a type 03 case slid off the pile and wedged on to the pedal. The cart took off on its own, racing toward the Air California snack trailer. After catching up with the cart, I pulled the wheel hard left and slammed the cart into the blast fence, crushing the front of the cart causing my fingers to jam between the wheel and the suitcase. The cart motor was spinning the back wheels at full speed as the front pushed against the blast fence. All the businessmen lined up at Gate 8 waiting for their puddle-jump to LAX were watching in shock as I performed my one-man show. A gentleman in a 3-pieced suit was kind enough to scale over the six-foot gate and extract me from my wreck and shut down the raging tug. $3000 in cart repair and a trip to the Dr. for x-rays (Bruised fingers and a much larger bruised ego). GWA was out of business a short time later. Hmmm..

One other ramp recollection was the fuellers leaving their truck door open while refuelling United's DC-8 stretch flight to HNL from ONT. As the plane's wing grew heavier, it came to rest on the truck door until it tweaked and punctured the wing causing the plane to sit for days until repaired.

Any other ramp"agers" out there?

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12323 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3158 times:

Does it count to almost knock myself out? As NW3439 to Aspen was boarding, I was catering it. I was in a hurry, and forgot that the catering door on the RJ is NOT tall enough for me to walk through. Well, I was kinda running into the plane, hitting my head on the door frame and went down. I was just sitting on the floor in the galley as the boarding pax asked if I was ok. So now I have a big bump on top of my head.

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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3068 times:

Well other then tripping over some chocks while marshalling out a powerback (@$#%&*? wingwalker left them in the containment zone!), all of my screw ups happened inside the bin. Back when I was a ramper, I probably knocked my head on the smoke detectors that had been retrofitted into the DC-9s and the ones on the CRJ are not flush with the ceiling either. Probably damaged a number of brain cells that way.

User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
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Several years ago I was working a Business Express Saab 340 at BWI. The location of the ground power plug was under the fuselage by the right wing trailing edge which is really a bad place. If you placed the GPU on the left side, it blocked the cargo door so we usually parked on the right side of the aircraft. The only problem was that after starting the right engine, you would have to duck under the exhaust in order to reach the receptacle and pull the power cord.

This one day, I got the "disconnect ground power" signal from the pilot and was walking from the GPU to the plane behind the right wing when I felt a blast of hot air at the side of my head. I ducked down instinctively and feeling OK proceeded to disconnect the cord. The close call shook me up a little bit but no harm was done. I did however have the hair on the side of my head sticking straight up for a couple days from the "blow dry". I was real careful around the Saabs from then on.

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