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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737-700|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground other : gate arrival|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Anomaly||non adherence : company policies|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
As the marshaller walked backwards so we could see the marshalling instructions; a tug came from the south; cut through by the baggage well and came within less than inches of hitting our marshaller. The mechanic standing when I asked if he saw that he replied; 'yep; it happens everyday and someone is going to get killed.' I said; 'that close that it clips the clothing?' he said 'yes.' the person driving the tug was a female. It was so close I slammed the brakes on hoping that the tug driver would not go backwards any further. This was something that had I seen it happen would have affected me for life. I have seen accidents; but not one that would have happened at work. This was avoidable and our ramp is a disaster. No matter what you read or are told; a marshaller was almost run over by a tug traveling at a high speed near baggage well.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B737-700 FLT CREW OBSERVED GND CREWS DRIVING DANGEROUSLY ON THE RAMP.
Narrative: AS THE MARSHALLER WALKED BACKWARDS SO WE COULD SEE THE MARSHALLING INSTRUCTIONS; A TUG CAME FROM THE S; CUT THROUGH BY THE BAGGAGE WELL AND CAME WITHIN LESS THAN INCHES OF HITTING OUR MARSHALLER. THE MECH STANDING WHEN I ASKED IF HE SAW THAT HE REPLIED; 'YEP; IT HAPPENS EVERYDAY AND SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET KILLED.' I SAID; 'THAT CLOSE THAT IT CLIPS THE CLOTHING?' HE SAID 'YES.' THE PERSON DRIVING THE TUG WAS A FEMALE. IT WAS SO CLOSE I SLAMMED THE BRAKES ON HOPING THAT THE TUG DRIVER WOULD NOT GO BACKWARDS ANY FURTHER. THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT HAD I SEEN IT HAPPEN WOULD HAVE AFFECTED ME FOR LIFE. I HAVE SEEN ACCIDENTS; BUT NOT ONE THAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED AT WORK. THIS WAS AVOIDABLE AND OUR RAMP IS A DISASTER. NO MATTER WHAT YOU READ OR ARE TOLD; A MARSHALLER WAS ALMOST RUN OVER BY A TUG TRAVELING AT A HIGH SPD NEAR BAGGAGE WELL.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.