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Airline maintenance worker killed on Taoyuan airport apron

2010/10/08 23:42:30

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) A China Airlines maintenance worker waskilled while on duty on the apron of Taiwan Taoyuan InternationalAirport when he was hit by a vehicle.

The 40-year-old victim, identified only by his surname of Fang,was killed while inspecting a Japan Airlines plane that had justarrived from Osaka's Kansai International Airport.

Witnesses said the accident took place at around 12: 25 p.m. amidthe usual bustle when the ground crew inspects a plane. The aircrafthad yet to shut down its engines, making it hard for ground personnelto hear.

The driver of the aircraft ground power unit, which suppliespower to planes while on the ground, has worked at the airport forseven or eight years as an employee of airport contractor, TaoyuanInternational Airport Co.

He was suspected of having run over Fang accidentally while backing up his vehicle.

The cause of the accident and who should be held responsible haveyet to be determined.

Fang's death was the first fatality on the airport's apron in the32-year history of the facility and just the latest in a series ofproblems that have plagued the airport's management in recent months.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Lilian Wu)