Aiport worker rides to the rescue and rams out-of-control catering truck at Chicago O’Hare

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An airport worker has been applauded for stopping a catering cart from spinning erratically in to a parked plane outside a Chicago airport yesterday.

Passenger Dr Kevin Klauer filmed the moment the vehicle’s ‘accelerator became stuck’, according to American Airlines, causing it to perform donuts as it spun around in a circle at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. 

In the footage, a female worker is sent flying backwards when the vehicle, which is owned by American Airlines, slams in to her. 

A case of water fell on to the accelerator pedal while its driver was away from the wheel, Dr Klauer said. 

As eight airport ramp workers watch on helplessly the footage shows cans of drink falling from the cart and exploding on to the concrete.

A man, who colleagues say is Jorge Jorry Raymundo Manalang, runs towards the spinning cart before ducking around it and disappearing from shot.

As it inches closer to a grey jet Dr Klauer says: ‘It’s going to hit the airplane here it goes.’

Suddenly Mr Manalang starts up the engine of a second vehicle and ploughs in to the side of the catering van – stopping it in its tracks.

As it inches closer to a grey jet Dr Klauer says: 'It's going to hit the airplane here it goes'

As it inches closer to a grey jet Dr Klauer says: 'It's going to hit the airplane here it goes'

Suddenly Jorge Manalang starts up the engine of a second vehicle and ploughs in in to the side of the catering van - stopping it in its tracks

Suddenly Jorge Manalang starts up the engine of a second vehicle and ploughs in in to the side of the catering van - stopping it in its tracks

As it inches closer to a grey jet Dr Klauer says: ‘It’s going to hit the airplane here it goes.’ Suddenly Jorge Manalang starts up the engine of a second vehicle and ploughs in in to the side of the catering van – stopping it in its tracks at the Chicago airport

The cart spins closer to the multi-million dollar jet as eight workers watch on helplessly

As the cart topples over, sending packets of food and canned drinks spilling out on to the tarmac, those watching from inside the airport applaud the worker’s bravery. 

‘Case of water fell off the seat in the unmanned cart, landing on the accelerator pedal,’ said Dr Klauer.

‘Hero comes out of nowhere with the only safe option. Not only was it a safe way to handle it, he avoided millions in damage to that aircraft.’  

And after the video was posted to Twitter people praised Mr Manalang’s quick thinking. 

As the cart topples over, sending packets of food and canned drinks spilling out on to the tarmac, those watching from inside the airport applaud the worker's bravery

As the cart topples over, sending packets of food and canned drinks spilling out on to the tarmac, those watching from inside the airport applaud the worker's bravery

As the cart topples over, sending packets of food and canned drinks spilling out on to the tarmac, those watching from inside the airport applaud the worker’s bravery

Dr Kevin Klauer filmed the moment the vehicle's performed doughnuts as it span around in a circle at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (file image)

Dr Kevin Klauer filmed the moment the vehicle's performed doughnuts as it span around in a circle at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (file image)

Dr Kevin Klauer filmed the moment the vehicle’s performed doughnuts as it span around in a circle at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (file image)

Cans of drink fall from the cart and explode on to the concrete as it spins erratically

Cans of drink fall from the cart and explode on to the concrete as it spins erratically

Cans of drink fall from the cart and explode on to the concrete as it spins erratically

Others were concerned Mr Manalang might actually be reprimanded for his efforts.

‘Now his boss is going to charge him for the damage to his cart,’ Ben says.

Gilley added: ‘That guy just saved major damage to that plane and his bonus will probably be “you can have all the cans on the ground that didn’t burst”  We see you O’Hare hero!’

EB James said: ‘That ramper should receive a check for half of what that airline didn’t have to pay to fix a multi-million dollar aircraft.’ 

American Airlines issued a statement, saying: ‘American Airlines is investigating an incident involving a catering truck this afternoon at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. 

After the video was posted to Twitter people praised Mr Manalang's quick thinking

After the video was posted to Twitter people praised Mr Manalang's quick thinking

After the video was posted to Twitter people praised Mr Manalang’s quick thinking

‘Preliminary reports indicate that the accelerator became stuck and caused the catering cart to lose control. 

‘No American Airlines team members were injured and the incident resulted in one 10 minute flight delay. 

‘We appreciate the quick action of our team member who stopped the vehicle. 

‘Safety is our top priority and we are working with our partners to investigate the incident.’

Chicago O’Hare International Airport has been approached for a comment. 

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