Boeing Employee Loses Legs After Getting Pinned By 35,000-Pound Landing Gear

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — A 30-year-old Boeing employee who lost both legs below the knees after he was trapped by the landing gear of a 787 jet two months ago says he doesn’t know how it happened but recalls “just horrible pain.”

Josh Divers of Everett, Wash., talked to reporters Wednesday as he left Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. With him were his father, Del Divers of Arlington, and his mother, Linda Lewis of Gresham, Ore.

“The outside two tires caught my feet. I don’t know how … I don’t even know what happened … but I remember my feet kind of folding up hot dog style,” Divers told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Divers was pinned under the jet’s landing gear for 40 minutes.

The injured man recalls shouting updates to his rescuers at Paine Field like, “My hips are trapped” and “My femur just broke.” That way, he says, they knew what was going on, “and I had a release of pain just by yelling.”

He told the Post-Intelligencer that crews had to use a forklift to lift the 35,000-pound landing gear.

Divers faces months of rehabilitation. Dr. Janna Friedly of the hospital’s rehab unit says learning to walk with prosthetic limbs on both sides is “really like walking on stilts.”

The young man says Boeing has given him and his family all the support they’ve needed — and he’d love to work for the company again someday.

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