Baggage Handler Gets Trapped in Cargo Hold

Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011  |  Updated 1:48 PM EDT
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A baggage handler at Reagan National almost found himself as a piece of luggage, as he got stuck in a plane's cargo hold.

A U.S. Airways flight was getting ready for takeoff Monday morning when passengers heard screaming and thumps coming from under the floor, according to the New York Times.

It turns out another baggage handler closed the cargo compartment door on his co-worker, trapping him inside.

According to the New York Times:

The trapped handler was also assigned to operate the tug that pushes the plane back from the gate, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. As workers waiting to move the plane noticed that the tug driver was missing, the co-pilot opened a side window and yelled to the ground crew that someone was “yelling and pounding” from inside the cargo hold, the F.A.A. said.

After the worker was freed unharmed, he drove the tug to push the plane back from the gate, and the plane, an Embraer E-170, left a few minutes early, completing its trip to Hartford without further incident.

No word on if the trapped worker is planning revenge on his co-worker.

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