NTSB Identification: LAX84LA122.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23133.
Scheduled 14 CFR AMERICA WEST AIRLINES
Accident occurred Sunday, December 25, 1983 in PHOENIX, AZ
Aircraft: BOEING 737-200, registration: N133AW
Injuries: 1 Serious,5 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT WAS STANDING WITH ENGINES RUNNING AND A BAGGAGE HANDLER WAS BLOWN OFF HIS FEET WHEN HE WENT BEHIND THE ACFT. THE ACFT HAD BEEN CALLED BACK TO THE RAMP BECAUSE AN ACCESS DOOR WAS OPEN. THE BAGGAGE HANDLER APPROACHING THE ACFT FROMTHE REAR TO CLOSE THE DOOR FAILED TO SIGNAL THE CREW TO SHUT DOWN THE ENGINES. HE SAID HE BELIEVED HE HEARD THE RIGHT ENGINE SPOOLING DOWN. THE BAGGAGE HANDLER WAS THROWN ABOUT 8-10 FT AND LANDED ON HIS KNEE. HIS KNEE CAP WAS BROKEN. THE FLT CREW WAS UNAWARE OF THE ACCIDENT UNTIL INFORMED BY THE COMPANY.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..GROUND PERSONNEL

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..GROUND PERSONNEL

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