Boeing Employee Trapped Under 787 Dreamliner Has Legs Amputated


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Boeing Employee Trapped Under 787 Dreamliner Has Legs Amputated

By Daniel Baxter

February 11, 2012 - A Boeing employee, part of an escort team walking alongside a Japan Airlines flight at Paine Field, Everett, Washington as the aircraft was being towed, somehow got trapped beneath the tires of the 787 Dreamliner jet at approximately 6 PM, on February 3. 

The employee, who began working for Boeing in 2010, was dragged and then trapped beneath the wheels of the 787 Dreamliner. Maintenance workers and emergency responders using an industrial jack, jacked the aircraft off the ground and were able to free the Boeing worker 30 minutes later. 

Boeing's emergency medical team responded and administered aid until the local paramedics arrived. The Boeing employee was then transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by helicopter. 

It is now been reported that the 30 year old Boeing employee had both his legs amputated below the knee according to two coworkers and a friend of the family. On Friday the employee remained in serious condition in intensive care. In a statement Boeing reported that out of respect for the employee and his family, the company will not provide the name of the employee or information on his condition or injuries. The company would not speculate as to the cause or circumstances around the incident until a full investigation has been conducted. 

Larry Wilson of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said ?Boeing cares about the safety and well being of all the employees who work at our sites. We will investigate the cause of this incident and will implement the necessary changes to avoid a future reoccurrence.? 

Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said the company and the Machinists union, along with the state's Department of Labor and Industries and other agencies, are investigating how the accident happened. Our deepest concern and focus right now is for the welfare of the injured employee and his family. We are in contact with them and are offering whatever assistance they may need.

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