Worker dies from injuries in 777 air-bag accident in Everett

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December 8, 2014

By Dominic Gates

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

A worker for a Boeing supplier has died from injuries caused when a passenger-seat air-bag inflater accidentally discharged during installation on the Everett flight line last month.

Ken Otto, a technician for Jamco America, which supplies Boeing with aircraft interiors, died Sunday, said Jamco spokeswoman Shelley Rich.

Otto and a technician from another supplier were injured Nov. 13 while working on a passenger seat inside a 777 passenger jet being prepared for delivery.

An air-bag inflater discharged and hit Otto violently in the face, according to people familiar with the details. Air bags, a safety device common in cars, are installed on relatively few airliner seats.

Andrew Ackley