NTSB Identification: MIA02LA134.
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Scheduled 14 CFR operation of Mesaba Airlines (D.B.A. Northwest Airlines Airlink)
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 16, 2002 in Tupelo, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/06/2002
Aircraft: Saab-Scania AB (Saab) SF340B, registration: N403XJ
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 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.

According to numerous eyewitnesses, the airline ramp agent marshaled the arriving Saab-340B to its parking spot, chocked the nose wheel, and was in the process of delivering flight papers to the captain's access port when the papers blew out of her breast pocket. As she tried to retrieve the loose papers, her right hand contacted the winding down left propeller, and her thumb and two fingers were severed. Her manager characterized the cause as a case of impulse reactiveness on the part of the ramp agent in spite of having been trained on ground handling of the Saab 340 aircraft.

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

The failure of the ground agent to follow procedures and directives and to maintain a visual lookout due to a diversion of attention caused by paperwork being sucked toward the rotating propeller, resulting in collision between her hand and the propeller.

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