Countryman & McDaniel -  The Logistics - Customs Broker Attorney

"Overlooking Runway 25 - Right, at Los Angeles International Airport"  



Feature Date: February, 2003

Countryman & McDaniel

 The Air & Ocean Logistics- Customs Broker Attorneys

"Overlooking Runway 25 - Right, at Los Angeles International Airport"

On The Scene -- In New York City

 A 2003 Countryman & McDaniel

Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

Details Below

Index To Our General Services

Contact Countryman & McDaniel

Legal Services of The Firm

Our Staff Attorneys & Law Firm Profile

The Cargo Law Network - Correspondent Lawyers In The U.S. & Most Major Trading Nations

Library & Search Engine of The Cargo Letter

Search Engine For This Internet Portal - Find Everything You Need

Transport Reference Desk - Virtual Transport Library

24 Hour Int'l Vessel Casualties & Pirates Database

The Photo Gallery of Cargo Loss - Photos & Lessons Learned

Transport Law Navigator - all air, ocean, motor & customs laws

Library & Search Engine of The Cargo Letter

Mega Portal of Trade & Transport References And Services

General Reference Desk - virtual public library

Terms & Conditions Required For Use of This Web Site

TRANS CAMS © - over 500 Transport Cams, 40 Satellites, Streaming Video, Transport Sounds, Short Wave Radio & Air Traffic Control! CLICK HERE

Search Our Portal To Int'l Trade & Transport Site Features,

Use The Search Engine Here:

   Search The Cargo Law Site or The Entire World Wide Web        powered by FreeFind

  Site Search Web Search

Other Great Disasters of our Time

"Ship-To-Shore-Onto Ship" - Nov. 2007

"Scheldt Snafu!" - M/V Grande Nigeria - Feb. 2006 because Ship Happens©

"A Day At The Beach" - M/V APL Panama - Jan. 2006

"Curse of The Pequot" - M/V Maersk Holyhead - Jan. 2006

"NO Rails" - destruction of New Orleans - Dec. 2005

"Backhaul !" - for July 2005

"The Boeing Tri-Motor" - for April 2005

"Catch of The Day" - for March 2005

"One Brick Short of A Runway" - for Jan. 2005

M/T Vicuna Explodes - for Jan. 2005

"Unstacked" - overboard & Dr. Beach - Nov. 2004

"Coal Face" - the cargo was danger - July 2004

"Sea (to) Land Express" - May 2004

"Super Loss" - March 2004

"Rocknes Monster" - Feb. 2004

"On A Wing & A Prayer" - Jan. 2004

"Stepping In It" - Dec. 2003

"Angel Fire" - Nov. 2003

"Pelican's Peril" - collision on River Scheldt - Aug. 2003

"Broken Spirit" - M/V Tasman Spirit - Aug. 2003

"Denise & Polargo" - a love story - July 2003

"Columbia River Round Up" - June 2003

"T-Boned" - historic collision at sea - May 2003

"Halifax Hash"--M/V Maersk Carolina - Jan. 2003

"Piñata" - breaking the box - Jan. 2003

"Thar She Blows!" - M/V Hanjin Pennsylvania - Nov. 2002

"T-E-U Bar-Be-Cue" - aftermath of the Pennsylvania

"Container Pool" - a mystery - May 2002

"Strangers On My Flight" -- by Frank Sinatra - don't blame us - we only report this stuff!

"Dropping In On The Trucker" - it happened again - April 2002

"UNDER Achiever" - tell your friends ! - March 2002

"White Planes Can't Jump" - trouble at Kuala Lumpur - dramatic!

Tell It To The U.S. Marines! - A Symbol of Our Day of Infamy - Sept. 11

Heavy Metal - lifting the un-liftable object - Disaster at Monrovia July 2001

Rail Mate -- an Egyptian rail loss - Tragedy At Ain Sokhna July 2001

Meals: Ready To Explode - Navy container barbecue at Guam! June 2001

America West Kisses Concrete M/V Ville De Orion - stack shift at LAX

U.S. Navy EP- 3 -- China Hostage Situation - Spring 2001

Attack On USS Cole (DDG-67) - - Dramatic Photos!

M/V OOCL America - Feb. 2000

M/V APL China - world's greatest container disaster - Nov. 1998

M/V New Carissa - the ship that would not die - 1999

M/V Tampa Maersk "on a dock diet"

Hanjin's Bad Stab - Under The Dock At Pusan, Korea - Exclusive Photo!

The Cargo Letter Photo Gallery of Transport Loss



On The Scene -- At LaGuardia Int'l

Jan. 19 2003  

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender !

The Time: Sunday, January 19 2003

The Place: LaGuardia Int'l Airport, New York

"Rampage" -

PRONUNCIATION: r-a-m-p-a-j'

ETYMOLOGY: Scots, possibly from "ramp." -- although the medieval Scots not known for their aviation ramps.

A NOUN: A course of violent, frenzied behavior or action. To move about wildly or violently."

Here The "Ramp-age" Was of A Flight

At The Passenger Ramp For Northwest Flight 1653

Airbus A319

Airbus Model -- A319

Engines -2 jets

Passengers: 124 in two classes (8/116)

Coach Seating: 3 + 3

Range: 2020 - 4373 statute miles

Cruise Speed: 530 mph (Mach 0.82)

First Flight: May 1996

Production Years: Continues

Six Injuries -- No Damage Estimates


Those Fun Loving Mechanics: At about 6:45am, 19 Jan. 2003, Northwest Flight 1653 was being taxied into Gate 10.

During taxi procedure, throttle power was "over-applied" & the A319 aircraft went right into the jetbridge.

Three Northwest ground employees guiding the aircraft, a customer service agent on the loading bridge

-- and the 2 mechanics piloting the aircraft were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens for minor injuries.

The individual impacted most was a Northwest agent on the jetway. She was pinned between the aircraft & the jetbridge.

Above, a new method to unload the flight crew & luggage.

On it's "Ramp-age" Northwest Flight 1653 slammed over a tug and it's tail swiped a B-757 aircraft on an adjacent gate causing additional damages. According to several sources, had a cement pillar not been there causing the nose gear to collapse after impact, the A319 might have gone through more than one jetbridge.

To prevent future incidents, experts have suggested new instructions for mechanics during taxi operations:


THROTTLE CONTROLS -- Will Generally Move Plane Forward
> Should Objects Begin To Appear Closer

> This Is Because The Objects Are Closer

AIRCRAFT BRAKES -- Will Tend To Slow Down & Stop Plane.


COPILOT REQUEST -- "HELLO -- Auto Club? My two front tires are 'down' "

"Yeah, I may need a tow"

SPECIAL NOTE: Founded in 1926 to carry U.S. Mail from the Twin Cities to Chicago in an open cock-pit biplane, Northwest Airlines has a proud history - a GREAT safety record -- and has well earned it's place as one of the world's great airlines.
SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real.  Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker.  It's dangerous out there.

Airbus A319

Airbus A319 Safety Record -- great!

Airbus Products In Service

LGA - LaGuardia Int'l. Airport

Northwest Airlines - a proud history - a GREAT safety record

Northwest A319 Image Library


"White Planes Can't Jump" - at Kuala Lumpur! Oct. 2001

Special Thanks To Contributor To Our
"Ramp-age" Feature
Mr. Aaron White, Southwest Airlines, Customer Relations, Headquarters Executive Offices, Dallas, TX.

NOTE: Please Provide Us With Your Additional Information For This Loss.

EDITOR'S NOTE FOR SURVEYORS, ATTORNEYS & MARINE ADJUSTERS: The Internet edition effort of The Cargo Letter now celebrates it's 8th Year of Service -- making us quite senior in this segment of the industry. We once estimated container underway losses at about 1,500 per year. Lloyd's put that figure at about 10,000 earlier this year. Quite obviously, the reporting mechanism for these massive losses is not supported by the lines. News of these events is not posted to the maritime community. Our new project is to call upon you -- those handling the claims -- to let us know of each container loss at sea-- in confidentiality. Many of you survey on behalf of cargo interests with no need for confidentiality. Others work for the lines & need to be protected. As a respected Int'l publication, The Cargo Letter enjoys full press privileges & cannot be forced to disclose our sources of information. No successful attempt has ever been made. If a personal notation for your report is desired -- each contributor will be given a "hot link" to your company Website in each & every report. Please take moment & report your "overside" containers to us. If you do not wish attribution, your entry will be "anonymous." This will will benefit our industry -- for obvious reasons! McD

NOTE: The Cargo Letter wants you to know that by keeping the identity of our contributors 100% Confidential, you are able to view our continuing series of "Cargo Disasters." For example, no photos of this disaster have been released to any other publication. Our friends send us materials which benefit the industry. The materials are provided to our news publication with complete and enforceable confidentiality for the sender. In turn, we provide these materials to you.  

The Manifest

| Cargo law Main Page | The Freight Detective | Law Navigator | Claims Calculator |

| The Freight Detective General Investigations | The Freight Detective Transport Investigations |

| The Logistics Chain | Photo Gallery of Cargo Loss | Our Staff |

| Trans-Cams | Forwarder/Broker Industry Chat & Issue Discussion Board |

| Library & Search Engine of The Cargo Letter | Bookstore |


 Back To Main Page


The Law Offices of Countryman & McDaniel

Eleventh Floor LAX Airport Center

5933 West Century Boulevard

Los Angeles, California, 90045

(310) 342-6500 Voice

(310) 342-6505 Fax


to The Law Offices of Countryman & McDaniel


to The Cargo Letter