Viral video shows catering cart spiral out of control on O’Hare tarmac

The cart was rammed by an airport employee just before it struck a plane parked on the tarmac, the video shows.

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Screenshot of video posted to Twitter showing an airport employee ramming an erratic cart.

Screenshot of video posted to Twitter showing an airport employee ramming an erratic cart.

Kevin Klauer

An American Airlines catering truck spiraled out of control Monday on the tarmac at O’Hare International Airport, nearly striking a parked plane if not for an employee who sprung into action to stop it.

The incident was captured in a viral video posted to Twitter Monday afternoon by user Kevin Klauer. In the video, the unmanned cart can be seen spinning wildly near a parked plane as employees and travelers alike watch the commotion unfold.

The video ends after Jorge Manalang, an employee of American Airlines subsidiary Envoy, dodges the cart, then reemerges in another vehicle to ram the cart and send it toppling over. Manalang’s actions were met with cheers from travelers at the gate.

The parked cart began to spin out of control when a case of water slipped off the seat and onto the accelerator, according to a statement released by Envoy.

“I’m incredibly proud of Jorge’s actions – he not only prevented severe damage to the aircraft, but more importantly, he prevented what could have been serious injury to his fellow ramp employees or our customers onboard,” Ricky Deane, Envoy Vice President in Chicago, said.

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Jorge Manalang

Envoy

No one was injured in the incident and only one flight was delayed by about 10 minutes, American Airlines said.

The video also caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who retweeted a Fox32 tweet showing the incident with the caption “Great job, just in time!”

American Airlines is investigating the incident.

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