|Quoting Buzz (Reply 3):
Hi PilotNTrng, Buzz here. The most recent one was a 737 arriving at the gate, #2 engine had just shut down. So a "baggage handling associate" drove up to the forward cargo door with a belt loader.
The engine's still turning pretty fast even though no fuel's burning... and the driver's seat of the belt loader has to be a foot away from the inlet as you drive up to the airplane... I thought I was going to see an "ingestion".
I've seen this in Frankfurt too, these idiots walking up to a still running engine or one that has just been shut own to put the traffic cones into place ("time is money" and the faster they get the plane down, the faster they can go back into their break room). Scared the sh*t out off me. And if you remind them, half of them would not understand, unless you speak Turkish.
At our airport, I had to give a serious bollocking to one of our cleaners. He walked across the taxiway on the ramp (normally permitted, but you have to watch out for planes), towing a vacuum cleaner behind him like a dog, to go to the next position. He was standing right on the yellow line, when a 737 taxied in. He was literally standing there like a deer in the headlight, staring at the plane. forcing the plane to stop. I yelled at him to get back behind the red line, and he eventualy did it. I went up to him and gave him a piece of my mind. He replied that it was not so bad, since the pilot had seen him, as if he had the right of way, but I think that he only understood half of what I said (he was Albanian).
I then went to his foreman and told him that, if I would see something like this happen again, I would go to the top boss and get this cleaner fired, as a danger to himself and others.
The foreman had a little problem though, he is Turkish (but speaks perfect German), but this cleaner was his deputy foreman's father-in-law, so he had his deputy sort him out (the deputy, an Albanian, who has been working here since a long time and brought half of his family into the company, speaks good German. I wonder how he explained it to his father-in-law, without having serious family trouble
For myself, the most dangerous situation happened in CGN
, when I was almost squashed flat by a runaway 14 ton main deck LD
. I was walking along on the ramp, when a cargo tug driver took a corner a bit too sharp and either the pallet lock on the freight dolly broke or he forgot to close it properly in first place, anyway, the container followed the laws of centrifugal force and went off the dolly, sliding towards me. It only stopped a few feet away from me.
Another time, when I was minding the CIA
base for a big freight carrier, one weekend all civilian flights from CIA
were transfered to FCO
due to an international NATO summit (CIA
is half military and they used this airport for all the VIP planes including USAF
was in a chaos, and after having spend all day there, with lots of overtime, I just wanted to go out to have a meal and to see my bed. The 757 I was taking care off, had a very delayed slot, and finally, when it was push back time, there was a fully grown thunderstorm right overhead. On the other hand, missing the slot would have meant another few hours delay and more overtime for myself. I decided to walk out this plane on the headset anyway, even though it was scary, with bolts of lightning everywhere around me.
[Edited 2008-04-27 01:06:27]