SEA-TAC AIRPORT, Wash. - Three workers involved in a tarmac collision between two Alaska Airlines jets Wednesday have been placed on leave, KING 5 News has learned.
The Menzies Aviation employees include the tug driver that pushed the 737 out of the gate and the two marshals who walked alongside the wings.
All three have been given drug tests. Menzies says the results are not back yet.
Menzies took over ground operations for Alaska Airlines after it fired its unionized workers in 2005. The transition wasn't smooth.
Passengers on one 2005 flight had to don oxygen masks after a hole opened up in the fuselage. An investigation revealed a Menzies worker had bumped the airplane and never reported the incident.
Another plane was damaged when it was moved while it was still hooked up to the gate.
What most travelers will remember was the baggage fiasco. Some luggage took 90 minutes to make it down the belt.
For years since then, Menzies has stayed out of the headlines. Its safety record has been good and customer satisfaction has been high.
That was until Wednesday's incident.
Federal investigators along with Menzies and Alaska Airlines are still investigating.