Published: Wed, January 04, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

United Airlines employee found trapped in baggage hold

United Airlines employee found trapped in baggage hold

A baggage handler at Charlotte-Douglas Airport was apparently mistakenly locked inside the cargo hold of a United Express flight on Sunday, making the 82-minute flight to Washington's Dulles Airport unscathed.

At some point during United Express Flight 6060, authorities learned a person was locked in the baggage compartment while on their way to Washington Dulles International Airport.

United Airlines told The Associated Press that the incident involved United Express flight 6060, which was operated by Mesa Airlines.

WBTV in Charlotte reports that authorities finally deemed the incident a "public accident", however, it remains unclear how the man became locked in the cargo area.

"I thank God. He was with me", he said to The Washington Post.

The man, who was dressed in a Charlotte baggage handler's uniform, appeared unharmed and refused medical treatment.

The statement says once at the gate, an employee of the airline's ground handling vendor was found in the cargo area.

The flight crew did not recognize or remember seeing the trapped worker and the ordeal was initially investigated as a security incident. "We are looking into what happened".

He worked for Texas-based G2 Secure Staff, media outlets reported.

It is not the first time a baggage handler has spent time trapped in the cargo hold during a flight.

United officials could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

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