Mechanic crushed to death by airplane equipment at O’Hare Airport

A man died after being crushed by airplane equipment Dec. 13 at O’Hare International Airport. | Adobe Stock Photo

Jijo George died of multiple injuries after being crushed by an “aircraft drivable pushback apparatus” at hangar 764, according to autopsy results. A 35-year-old maintenance mechanic for Envoy Air died after being crushed by airplane equipment Sunday afternoon at O’Hare International Airport.
Jijo George died of multiple injuries after being crushed by an “aircraft drivable pushback apparatus” at hangar 764, according to autopsy results released Monday by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Chicago police said they were called about 2 p.m. to the airport for a man unresponsive under the vehicle.
George, a Des Plaines resident, was taken to Resurrection Medical Center, where he died at 3:50 p.m., authorities said. The autopsy ruled his death an accident.
George was a maintenance mechanic for Envoy Air and died while working at a building at 11601 W. Touhy Ave., according to a U.S. Department of Labor spokesperson.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death, and has up to six months to issue workplace safety citations, the spokesperson said.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Envoy Air said George was injured at its ground equipment shop.
“We are providing support to the family and our employees to help them through this loss,” Envoy Air spokeswoman Minnette Vélez-Conty said.
“Currently, the situation is under investigation by our safety organization. We reiterate our commitment to safety and security as we conscientiously maintain policies, processes and systems to achieve the highest levels of safety in the workplace,” she said.
The Chicago Department of Aviation referred questions to police.

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