Plane Backed Into Poop Truck

October 29, 2009

in Airplane Stories

My wife and I were flying from LAX to Tucson labor day weekend about 8 years ago on Southwest. We were already about 45 minutes late before we finally pushed back from the gate. As I watched outside from my window seat just in front of the wing I saw a ramp attendant running towards the back of the plane flailing his arms violently. It was about 2 seconds later that the plane stopped dead in its tracks and about 150 or so passenger necks slammed against the backs of their seats. We sat there for about 20 minutes before the pilot announced that the gate crew had backed the plane up into a lavatory truck puncturing a hole in the rear stabilizer, therefore grounding the plane. 

One-hundred and fifty groans and another 30 minutes later, we all got off the plane and boarded another plane (bumping all the passengers off of that flight). We were 2 1/2 hours late leaving LAX and got to Tucson with no other problems. I still wonder what ever happened of the gate crew who most likely took it in the POOP shoot…(sorry humor isn’t my specialty).


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