Incident at ATL

jimntx

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On the 10pm news they just showed a picture of an American Airlines a/c. A bus drove into the wing of the airplane shortly after it blocked in at the gate apparently causing a good bit of damage. Cancelled the return flight, of course. How is this possible? A mistake by an employee that works at the Center of the Universe? I thought all things ATL were perfect.

It must be because AA has not rationalized its hub operations; and therefore, the billion dollars we have made each of the past two quarters is just not profits of the same quality as DL profits.
 
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I remember on a midnight shift at an unnamed station, I saw a vacuum/FOD sweeper working the ramp while I was going about overseeing the line Maint ops.

The truck started to veer off a straight path. It then went under a jetway on a DC-10...between the jetway bogey and the aircraft! It ripped the a/c hose from the aircraft and jetway, dragging it across the ramp after passing under the outer left wing, just missing the #1 engine. Luckily we were on APU power and the cord was attached. There was no damage to the aircraft at all.

I hopped on a bag tug and gave chase as the truck headed toward the movement area. I caught up and saw the driver asleep at the wheel. I honked and honked and he finally woke up and stopped. I called the airport ops and they promptly escorted the driver away. The supervisor of the company operating the service truck fired him on the spot. It was unreal how it managed to miss the aircraft. Just goes to show, if you work the line long enough, you will see some shocking things.

This ATL incident is a prime example. You have to be alert and aware at all times out there!
 
Glenn Quagmire said:
The truck started to veer off a straight path. It then went under a jetway on a DC-10...between the jetway bogey and the aircraft! It ripped the a/c hose from the aircraft and jetway, dragging it across the ramp after passing under the outer left wing. Luckily we were on APU power and the cord was attached. There was no damage to the aircraft at all.
Man, talk about threading a needle!

 
 
 
 
This ATL incident is a prime example. You have to be alert and aware at all times out there!


Truth.