Friday, January 27, 2017
Doofus Of The Day #949
Today's award goes (a little belatedly) to the driver of an airport tug in Copenhagen, Denmark.
On December 16th last year, he was tasked to tow an X-ray trailer to another part of the airport. The tractor already connected to the trailer exhibited problems, so he switched to a second tractor - but failed to ensure that the trailer was properly connected. At 40 kph, he hit a bump, and the trailer disconnected from the tractor. Here's a frame from an airport security video taken just after the separation.
The trailer swerved to the right, towards an SAS flight loading its passengers. Inevitably, it rammed the aircraft, causing serious damage.
I guess that plane was no longer able to be pressurized, to put it mildly! I wonder how much it costs (and how difficult it is) to repair a great big hole like that in a pressure hull?
(To add insult to injury, of course, the trailer belonged to airport security. It turns out to have been not very secure . . . )