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Posted at 8:21 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Baggage handler trapped at National

By The Associated Press

Authorities say a baggage handler became trapped in the cargo hold of a plane set to depart from Reagan National Airport and was only freed after screaming and pounding.

The New York Times reports the worker had crawled into the space -- just 37 inches high -- to load baggage when another baggage handler apparently closed the cargo compartment door Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the plane's co-pilot heard "yelling and pounding" from the cargo area.

The FAA FFA said the handler was also assigned to operate the tug that pushes the plane back from the gate, and workers waiting to move the plane noticed the tug driver was missing.

The worker was freed unharmed and the flight left for Hartford, Conn.

By The Associated Press  | February 9, 2011; 8:21 AM ET
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Comments

Wow, now the Future Farmers of America release statements about Reagan National Airport.

(See 2nd paragraph)

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 9, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

cute,cant tell you how many times this happens/happened while i worked for a major airline at DCA in 60s and 70s...why is this a story...some crew chief just forgot that's all..

Posted by: wmnatzakanian | February 9, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"bag handlers fly free"

Posted by: mika_england | February 9, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh, SPIT. I thought I heard that passengers heard him and alerted authorities. And considering this day and age, you'd think they'd be a little more careful about what's in the hold...

I liked the "bag handlers fly free" comment!

Posted by: JustSaying1945 | February 9, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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