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?