If the aircraft was being towed/pushed back, the paymover operator is the person ultimately responsible. Also: if wing walkers were being used; they should have stopped the tow/pushback by signaling the paymover operator! The person that parked the Sky Chef vehicle within the circle of safety is also to blame!
They never lifted a finger to help me or compensate me when the cockpit access stair had a funky repair that failed and I ended up falling down onto the main deck. Was on workmans comp for two weeks. Wanted to sue their asses but the station manager and my supervisor were more concerned with keeping them as customers!
Not as bad as the Evergreen that lost an Engine shortly after T/O from Anchorage.
The "dogbone" ended up going through an apartment roof and ended up on a bed where a woman had just been folding clothes! The engine fell into a vacant lot next to a mini mall. The main cause was high wind coming off the mountains.
Bill: I hope you read the article again. It stated that all the hydraulic lines used for flight control were severed. They literally had no control of pitch,yaw,and worst of all roll. The ONLY control they had was by varying engine speed (thrust) of the #1/#3 engines.