TAAG B773 at Porto and Lisbon on Oct 1st 2016, departed with ground worker trapped in cargo hold
Last Update: October 18, 2016 / 20:43:15 GMT/Zulu time
The airline reported the ground worker is recovering in hospital care and is well. An investigation into the occurrence has been opened.
The ground handling agency reported the worker was loading the box of a passenger's pet when he fell and became unconscious. The aircraft departed with the unconscious worker. 40 minutes after the aircraft had departed the absence of the worker was noticed.
The ground workers' union reported the worker passed out in the cargo bay while he was securing two animals. It wasn't his job to deal with live animals. The worker had started working that day about 90 minutes earlier and had attended to 4 aircraft.
On Oct 18th 2016 Portugal's GPIAA reported that the cargo loading team consisted of three workers, a team leader and two staff. A fourth person, available to support any cargo loading team, can be assigned to the team, as was the case in this occurrence. It was this 4th person, that later could not be found on the premises of the airport. As the person was involved with loading D2-TEI and the aircraft had already departed, the crew of D2-TEI was informed. The crew decided to divert to Lisbon, performed a rapid descent and landed safely. The ground worker was found semi-conscious in the bulk cargo hold also assigned to transporting live animals and thus featuring pressurization, ventilation, temperature control (18-24 degrees C), humidity control and CO2 control. The ground worker was taken to a hospital. The GPIAA is waiting for testimonies of those involved in the occurrence to draw up safety recommendations to avoid similiar situations.
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