Worker Dies Inside Tanker At Airport, 9 Others Hurt

Issue 2 and Volume 130.

Worker Dies Inside Tanker At Airport, 9 Others Hurt features Anchorage Fire Dept, photo A 2:30 a.m. accident at the Flying Tiger Airline repair facility at Anchorage, Alaska, International Airport took the life of a civilian airline employee and injured five airport fire-security officers and four Anchorage fire fighters. The accident occurred last October 20 when Flying Tiger employees tried to repair an internal valve on a JP-4 aircraft fuel tank. The truck’s 10,000gallon tank was divided by four baffles, which had unaligned crawl holes. There were 6 to 12 inches of JP-4 in the tank at the time of the mishap. James Cheatwood, 43, a Flying Tiger employee, entered the tank while reportedly wearing a scuba-type breathing apparatus without a facepiece. Joseph Pace, a fellow employee, remained on top of the tank. Calls for assistance Pace heard the breathing apparatus regulator stop shortly after Cheatwood started working on the…

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