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737 Under-belly Antenna Attacked Me! Ouch!  
User currently offlineSJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

Saturday afternoon, I was loading the daily WN382 from here (SJC) to MCI, a 737-700. While running back and fourth from the jetway, under the plane, to retrieve late-checked strollers, I stood up a little too soon on my way under the plane. You all know those little white antennas you see sticking out of planes...well they're not that little, about a foot in length and hard as concrete. I jammed my back into the antenna, ripping a muscle behind my right lung. That night, it ruptured and I couldn't breath, resulting in me being rushed to the emergency room. I was released the next morning. I'm sitting here in my PJ's in pain, but recovering (with the help of Vikadin  Smile ) All I've been able to do at work is push-out all day. This accident has costed me tons of time doing paperwork and yada yada yada... I'm still attending the Airliners Convention in IAH on Thurs. though!  Big thumbs up

Regards- SJCguy

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User currently offlineBarney captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

Best wishes on a speedy recovery! Be careful out there!!!!


...from the Banana Republic....
User currently offlineJsf119 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3206 times:

dont feel too bad i used to work at BOS for Business Express as a bag smasher and i was in a hurry to leave one night and wasnt paying attention and almost walked into the prop my flashlight/wand light up the prop tip. one more step and i was a goner.

User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3013 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

Just out of curiosity, how tall are you?


Firings, if well done, are good for employee morale.
User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3202 times:

Damn, I'll think twice before applying at an airport hehehe. Good to hear you're ok, take care.


User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

Next time be more careful! Do take care heheheh.

9V-SVA



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User currently offlineSJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3177 times:

Brons2...

I'm 5'11.

SJCguy


User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3013 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

Remind me never to go walking under a 737 then, cause I'm 6'7", lol.....


Firings, if well done, are good for employee morale.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

I have to hope that I never go bald.

Ran my head into a nav antenna on the bottom of a metro two and half years ago. cut my skull open. After I got the bleeding under control, I still finished my shift. They ended up not stiching it, but the flight nurse that took the first look at it thought that I might have needed about four stiches.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3090 times:

SJCguy,

Hope youre feeling better buddy!, It's not a nice thing to happen!
Anyway, im glad to hear (a little bird told me)... that youre back at work now, doing lighter work!  Smile

Cheers!
Ansett767


User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

I jammed my back into the antenna, ripping a muscle behind my right lung.

Wow, that must've hurt like hell. You're lucky though, that it didn't stab you and hit any organs.

Anyway, get well!



Regards,



-NWA742


User currently offlineAccidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3071 times:
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I've hit my eye on a static wick before. That turned out to be a bad day.


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User currently offlineN2805WWest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Ahhh well, I suppose you get time off work at least

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3030 times:

Did you break the plane  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2938 times:

Let me guess, the VHF 1 on the aft section of the fuselage.

User currently offlineBH From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

Glad to hear your okay, we had a guy unhooking the airstart off a tower 747 he dropped it and when he came back up his head struck one of the antenna's after 20 stitches he was ready for more 747 action.

User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

See that thingy protruding down from the fuselage on this A320 forward of the engines...


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...I zigged when I should have zagged and walked right into it using my forehead as a hammer. OUCH!!!

I knew a guy who walked into a prop and sliced his nose right open leaving a nasty scare to this day. Would have been a much different outcome if the engine was running.

ALWAYS,,,I repeat ALWAYS pay attention to your surroundings when around an aircraft.



What's another word for thesaurus?
User currently offlineMikeclod From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

If anyone is familiar with the Pilatus PC-12, there is a metal "fin" right behind the prop on the underside, it's a good 1/8 of an inch thick. One time I dented one with my head while hooking up a towbar. The pilot was pissed that I bled all over the front cowling. It wasn't too fun!
Mikeclod


User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

Sometimes those blade antennas break when people bump into them. In Heavy MX, we always stick a length of tape on them so they'll be more visible and people won't get hurt.


Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineChock head From Samoa, joined May 2002, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

SJCguy
Sorry to hear about your accident and good to hear you on the mend. Is it not a Southwest sop that you never go under the aircraft. I thought this was an industry standard but I may be wrong.


User currently offlineSJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

Chock head, it's an industry standard that you don't drive any equipment under the airplane, walking is fine, which is what I was doing...

LMP737- wasn't that antenna, it was the auto-pilot antenna, forward under belly b.

Anyways everybody, starting phsyical therapy tomorrow. We'll see how it goes.  Crying

SJCguy


User currently offlineNotdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 935 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

Autopilot-Antenna?????????????????????????????? Can somebody please explain?????????

User currently offlineFlyua From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 317 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

I feel like such a wimp now! This post has been the most interesting read in a long time. I now have a lot more respect for the dangerous work rampers do in often nasty conditions. ...I just came back from a transcon trip where I cussed up a storm for spilling a little coffee on my uniform shirt's cuff! SJCguy, my hat's off to you, and best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hope you can use the time off to do even MORE 757 spotting! --Best wishes, flyua.

User currently offlineBWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2551 times:

Those Southwest planes sure are vicious. Next time, try to dodge the antenna.  Smile

User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2541 times:

Seems you are quite badly injured. That must hurt! Take Care and Get Well Soon!


Boeing747 万岁!
25 Post contains images RickB : Yeah - but was the plane okay Get well soon RickB
26 LMP737 : SJCguy: If it was forward of the wing then you must have hit the VHF 3 antenna. The only other antenna's forward are the ATC and TCAS antenna's. The A
27 Post contains images Goldenshield : Youll have much more clearance, length wise, with an MD-80. Or, Go A-320 and just walk right under If I am stowing a gate-check, I usually just walk a
28 Wannabe : And how long do you think it will take the NTSB to determine that it was pilot error???
29 Post contains links and images SJCguy : For those who aren't sure which antenna I'm talking about, it's the one you see here just under the engine, the large white one. View Large View Mediu
30 Post contains images Leezyjet : I've worked around 737's for a long time, you must have really squatted down to get under there, and I'm sure that you shouldn't have been walking und
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