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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Investigation report details February fatal accident at Joint Base Andrews

from Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

9/4/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- Air Mobility Command officials released the Ground Accident Investigation Board report details, following the Feb. 17 Airman death stemming from a warehouse accident at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Senior Airman John E. King II, 21, of Sarasota, Fla., was fatally injured as he was struck by a vehicle inside the base aircraft services warehouse. He was assigned to the 89th Aerial Port Squadron at JB Andrews.

Following the accident, Brig. Gen. Mike Minihan, 89th Airlift Wing commander, said, "The 89th, and all of Team Andrews are hurting after this tragic loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Airman King's family, friends and coworkers; our Air Force is a family, and they will not go through this alone."

King was standing at the rear of the vehicle and guiding an air transportation specialist driver as he was parking to create more room to move equipment in the warehouse.

The report indicated that the Airman driving the vehicle did not follow standard Air Force vehicle operating procedures and did not perform the proper corrective actions. Other factors include lack of communication between King and the driver when he went behind the vehicle.

The report is available on the Air Force Freedom of Information Act Reading Room web site, https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.

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