ground crew


: the mechanics and technicians who maintain and service an airplane

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Forest Service strongly disagrees, arguing that retardant is a crucial firefighting tool that can help slow the spread of flames and give ground crews a fighting chance to contain them, my colleague Alex Wigglesworth reports. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2023 While Grumman had given the Iranian ground crews hundreds of hours of training on F-14 maintenance, the manufacturer had deliberately withheld some information. Stephen Witt, Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2023 An American Airlines ground crew employee was involved in a fatal incident at the Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama on Saturday, airport officials said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 1 Jan. 2023 The yearlong study examined nearly 900,000 military pilots and ground crew who served from 1992 to 2017. Justin Klawans, The Week, 20 Mar. 2023 Military pilots and ground crews who fuel and maintain military aircraft are at higher risk for certain types of cancer than the general U.S. population, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Defense. Ginger Adams Otis, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2023 Either the Department of Transportation and its Secretary Pete Buttigieg, or the head of the FAA, or the quality of either ground crews, pilots, or air traffic controllers--or all combined--are putting American travelers at mortal risk. Victor Davis Hanson, Arkansas Online, 6 Mar. 2023 Lufthansa will cull the flights due to a one-day walkout from ground crew at its two biggest airports, a spokeswoman said on Thursday., 16 Feb. 2023 The pilot called out his window to warn that ground crew worker that the engines were still running. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 25 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ground crew was in 1934

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“Ground crew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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ground crew

: the mechanics and technicians who maintain and service an aircraft
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