Airport Worker Killed in Freak Accident

Source: Pisit Khambubpha - 123RF

Santa Ana, CA – A worker was killed Tuesday night when a large tire he was working on exploded at John Wayne Airport.

Airport spokesperson, Deanne Thompson, said two airport contractors were working on the 4-foot-tall jet bridge tire about 11:30 p.m. in a workshop near Gate Three when the tire exploded and caused traumatic injuries to one of the workers.

A jet bridge is the enclosed, movable connector that extends from an airport terminal gate to an airplane, allowing passengers to board and exit the aircraft without being exposed to the elements.

The force of the explosion triggered a fire alarm and sprinklers inside the workshop and prompted a response from an Orange County Fire Authority crew and paramedics stationed at the airport.

The second employee in the workshop refused medical attention. No airport operations were affected by the explosion, authorities said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the explosion and Cal/OSHA investigators are expected to arrive at the airport today to conduct an investigation, officials said.