AN EMPLOYEE at Heathrow Airport has been fined £1,500 after driving without due care and attention on the runway.
Timothy Seymour, 55, an engineer for British Airways, drove a works vehicle across the rear of a plane attached to a tug, which tows the aircraft, on August 28 last year.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said that when an aircraft is attached to a tug, it could potentially reverse – causing an impact which would almost certainly have killed Seymour.
During a hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on April 15 this year, Seymour, who lives in Reading, was convicted in absence of driving in an airport without due care and attention. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs.
A spokesperson for British Airways said: "A member of our engineering staff was fined for driving without due care under Heathrow Airport by-laws.
"We monitor and investigate all breaches of safety in the workplace and take action where appropriate. The individual involved will be subject to internal procedures and it would be inappropriate to comment further."