The heaviest HR
that I ever had to deal with came in at 716 lbs. It was loaded in bin 2 of a Delta DC9-32. Talk about hard to get unloaded. In trying to get the thing offloaded, we broke off all of the pull straps, pulled off the cardboard cover, and pulled the wood base out from underneath it. All that was left on the A/C was a huge pink casket with bronze handles. It ended up taking about 5 guys to get it unloaded when it normally would take 2.
incident that I had was really creepy. I was taking an HR
that had just arrived on a flight over to the freight house. Over the years I had gotten into the habit of checking the paperwork that was taped to the top of the shipping container. Quite often the cause of death would be listed on the paperwork. In looking at the paperwork, I noticed that the receiving funeral home paperwork had a New Jersey address but the freight destination label was MEM
(this is all taking place in MEM
by the way). Obviously something was not right, so we called the origin freight house (IND
). They said that shipped out only two HR
's that day, one destined for MEM
and the other for EWR
. Somehow, the destination freight labels or the funeral home paperwork had been misapplied. The only way to figure out which was the correct HR
was to open up the casket. According to the funeral home, we were supposed to receive a 29 year old female and EWR
was supposed to receive a 50 year old male. We opened up the casket and of course we had the male. As it turned out, the IND
cargo agent had mixed up the freight destination labels. We ended up sending the HR
back out the same day, but as it turned out, the poor man's funeral had to be postponed one day so he could be there.