January 19, 2021

FAA and United Airlines open investigation into accidental worker left in cargo hold

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The Federal Aviation Administration said they would be investigating how a man got shut into a cargo hold before the doors on a United Express flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., according to The Associated Press.

The man was found unharmed in the thankfully temperature-controlled and pressurized cargo hold on the flight that was operated for United by Mesa Airlines though the bag handler works for a Mesa contractor, .

Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said that medics met the plane when it arrived Sunday afternoon but determined the baggage handler did not need treatment.

Dulles Airport police conducted a brief investigation but since the man, later identified as Reginald Gaskin had proper airport identification from Charlotte he was not charged with a crime though investigations are still ongoing as to how he ended up locked inside of the cargo hold.

Incidents like this have brought safety experts to the forefront for improving security procedures on the tarmac such as crews being unable to close cargo doors until all staff are accounted for.

WN.com, Maureen Foody

For more on this story go to: https://article.wn.com/view/2017/01/04/FAA_and_United_Airlines_Open_Investigation_Into_Accidental_W/

 

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