Five members of staff from FLS easyTech in Liverpool have been rewarded Gold Go MAD rewards after a nomination from Station Manager John Higginbotham.
The reason for the rewards was that during the preparation of the 7 Liverpool-based aircraft for their first flight of the day, Steve Woods Supervisor and his team Greg Robb, Bernie Tweenuysen, Abi Elgallal and Alrick Walters were walking toward the aircraft, all parked in a line. Suddenly and without warning, a very strong gust of wind hit the aircraft and one of the aircaft lifted and spun jumping its chocks! The aircraft then began to roll towards the adjacent aircraft, being pushed by the wind.
Without a second thought and without regard to their own safety they ran after the aircraft trying to re-chock the wheels but the aircraft jumped several chocks. Somehow they managed to spin the nose wheel to aid the braking of the aircraft, stopping it within inches of the aircraft parked next to it. They then climb aboard the aircraft and secured the aircraft.
With super efficiency Steve and team turn all 7 aircraft into wind and put them into high- wind configuration. They completed the exercise just as the first Crew appeared from the terminal to collect the first aircraft, totally unaware of the incident.
John Higginbotham said of the men, "Their quick thinking and courageous actions averted a major incident which could have clearly resulted in a few wrecked aircraft and injury to staff arriving for the morning departures."