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Old 15th Oct 2015, 05:31
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Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Australia
Age: 69
Posts: 28
When i was a fresh young engineer working for a certain Australian airline we had an accident in which an apprentice was crushed to death under the nose of a B707 which was having new steering actuators cycled ... no damn down lock fitted and no one outside the aircraft keeping an eye out for anything or anyone! The kid was only about 17yo.

Following that dreadful accident we continued to have a (admittedly brief) running skirmish with certain flight crews who persisted on removing the nose gear down lock as soon as they saw one; notwithstanding that we had clear SOPs for demonstrating their removal prior to push back.

Clearly, that lesson needs to be taught yet again. But thank heavens no ground staff were ground up on this occasion ...
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