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Worker crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:56 pm

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/2020/ ... ort-hangar

Jijo George died of multiple injuries after being crushed by an “aircraft drivable pushback apparatus” at hangar 764, according to autopsy results.
 
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Re: Worker crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:30 pm

That’s horrible. RIP to the victim.
 
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Re: Worker crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:38 pm

Envoy uses mostly towbarless Lektros which leave some pretty nasty crush injuries in the event you get underneath them (which is hard enough to do), the stand-up version that can be used on the 145 is a bit more dangerous than the sit down version for the 175.
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Re: Worker crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:50 pm

orlandocfi wrote:
That’s horrible. RIP to the victim.

This is horrible. My condolences.

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Re: Worker crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:10 pm

alasizon wrote:
Envoy uses mostly towbarless Lektros which leave some pretty nasty crush injuries in the event you get underneath them (which is hard enough to do), the stand-up version that can be used on the 145 is a bit more dangerous than the sit down version for the 175.


With the rear-wheel steering you can accomplish some very high-G turns with very little effort. Accidentally over steering (without an aircraft) can produce side loads to easily whip one out of the driver station, especially in the standup version. I don't wish to speculate into this tragic event, however that is one of the several ways one can be injured with this equipment.
 
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Re: Worker crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:15 pm

These sort of accidents shouldn’t still occur. Devastating news for the victims family and co-workers.
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Re: Worker crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:40 pm

I have experience with the smaller Lektro's for general aviation, biggest aircraft we towed was a Citation XLS. First time hopping on it I under estimated the rear wheel turning and almost fell off a few times. Thing had too much speed but was great for getting airplanes in tight places.

Horrible accident.
 
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Re: Worker crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:38 pm

jreeves96 wrote:
I have experience with the smaller Lektro's for general aviation, biggest aircraft we towed was a Citation XLS. First time hopping on it I under estimated the rear wheel turning and almost fell off a few times. Thing had too much speed but was great for getting airplanes in tight places.

Horrible accident.



Before I came to Willis Tower United was using small Lektro's for for UAX aircraft, and we had also purchased and were testing out some larger Lektro's on about 3-4 narrowbody mainline gates (A320/19 and 737 all variants). Those things are very dangerous and completely overpowered especially if one is use to a a traditional pushback with tow bar. I remember the first time I used an Lektro to push an aircraft the machine scare the **** out of me. Not only are they overpower but with rear wheel steering they turn on a dime. It is very easy for someone to get injured or worst on those machines if they are not use to using them or don't respect them. I don't understand why they need all that power, you barely tap the pedal and the machine is off like it is a race.

I feel for this persons family to loose a love one in such a tragic way is terrible. May he rest in peace.
 
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Re: Worker crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:27 pm

zeke wrote:
These sort of accidents shouldn’t still occur. Devastating news for the victims family and co-workers.


Working in a fast paced environment, with heavy machinery moving at every turn is dangerous. Accidents happen. You can train people until you're blue in the face, but machines break, people make mistakes, and things sometimes just happen. It's sad but it's a risky job. I hope that it was quick and he didn't suffer. May he RIP.

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