A Johannesburg International Airport ground engineer was on Sunday airlifted to hospital after his legs were severed by a Boeing 747’s landing gear, SABC news reported. According to reports, the man was guiding a parking British Airways Jumbo when the accident occurred.
It is believed he was positioning the aircraft’s wheel chocks around 7am when he got trapped and had his legs severed.
Unconfirmed reports by witnesses at the scene said the man had passed out and fell under the main landing gear shortly before the incident.
Passengers, who were travelling from London, were kept on board for about an hour while the scene was cleared.
Investigations were continuing.