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Baggage handler killed in airport accident

Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2000

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines baggage handler died Friday night after his baggage cart pinned him against a plane.

The 19-year-old man, who had worked for the airline for about a month, was taking late bags out to Alaska Flight 191, on the tarmac at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, airline spokesman Greg Witter said.

The young man got off his vehicle to pull open the plane's cargo door. As he did so, one of the bags on the seat of his cart fell off, causing the cart to roll forward and pin him against the plane, Witter said.

A flight attendant and a first officer aboard the plane came to his aid and resuscitated him but he died on the way to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the spokesman said.

The accident happened shortly before 10 p.m.

The plane, with 140 passengers and five crew members, had been scheduled to continue to Anchorage but the flight was canceled after the accident. Witter did not immediately know where the flight originated.

Port of Seattle police and the state Department of Labor and Industries were investigating, KIRO reported.



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