Jet engine blasts baggage cart into Charlottetown Airport window

Jim Day
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Charlottetown Airport

Some hazards of the job are not too predictable.

Take the unsuspecting Charlottetown Airport employee.

The 31-year-old man was sitting in his office Dec. 15 talking on the telephone.

Glancing over his shoulder, he saw a metal baggage cart hurtling towards his office window.

He quickly went to the floor and sought coverage under his desk.

"It was a surreal incident,'' says Doug Newson, chief executive officer of the Charlottetown Airport Authority.

"He said it felt like he was in a movie.''

Newson says the man, who has worked at the airport for five years, is not giving any interviews.

The CEO, though, was willing to discuss the frightening ordeal.

The cart smashed into the window, shattering glass, notes Newson, but the employee suffered only minor cuts and a bruised knee.

He was back to work the following day.

"If he had not seen it (the fast-moving baggage cart) or his reaction had been to turn towards the window, the injuries would have been much worse,'' says Newson.

"We are fortunate it wasn't worse.''

Newson was out of town during the bizarre incident but was informed via a "panic call'' that all was not well at the Charlottetown Airport.

"It was certainly something that I've never experienced before,'' he says.

"I was kind of shocked that something like that could happen.''

What happened, according to a report issued by Transport Canada on Monday, was a jet was moving to be de-iced when the blast of air from its exhaust hit a baggage cart.

The cart was not secured and it was blown into the window of an administrative office at the airport.

Newson says he is hoping to hear back soon from Air Canada on its internal investigation into what went wrong.

He, of course, wants to know if any changes need to be made, such as changing the positioning of the baggage cart.



Organizations: Charlottetown Airport, Transport Canada, Air Canada

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Recent comments

  • Just Me
    December 22, 2015 - 17:35

    WOW. Quite a happening! You should really watch the baggage people loading and unloading the planes. They simply throw them up, down, around and whatever at some airports, especially Pearson in Toronto. They are very rough when it comes to handling baggage going on, or coming off, an airplane.

  • Billy Goat
    December 22, 2015 - 14:56

    Is this being chalked up as a simple accident? How thorough did they investigate? Is there video footage leading up to the event? Did they background check the pilot? In this day of terrarism, leave no phone unturned.

    • Dan
      December 23, 2015 - 13:36

      Billy goat, thank god you're here to ask these questions and save us from the evil "terrarists"! Unturn all the phones!

  • Tough Question
    December 22, 2015 - 13:49

    "He, of course, wants to know if any changes need to be made, such as changing the positioning of the baggage cart." Do you think?!?!