NTSB Identification: LAX07LA189.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR United Parcel Service
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 24, 2007 in Burbank, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/2008
Aircraft: Boeing 757-24APF, registration: N402UP
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Uninjured.

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While positioned to the right of the nose landing gear of the Boeing 757 airplane, a mechanic received a clearance from the flight crew to commence pushback. The tow tractor driver started the operation by turning the nose wheel left in an effort to align the airplane into position. As the airplane was being pushed back from the ramp area to the taxiway, the mechanic noticed a small airplane taxiing behind the tail of the Boeing and in response, gave a signal for the towing operations to stop. The driver slowly applied the brakes; both the mechanic and tow driver were preoccupied with watching the taxiing airplane. The right wheel of the Boeing's nose landing gear continued to roll over the mechanic's right foot, which the tow tractor driver did not observe due to the position of the airplane's landing gear. The mechanic sustained numerous fractures in his foot and ankle.

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

The tow tractor driver's and mechanic's diverted attention resulting in the airplane rolling over the mechanic's foot. Also causal was the mechanic's failure to maintain clearance from the nose landing gear.

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