ground crew


Definition of ground crew 

: the mechanics and technicians who maintain and service an airplane

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Many of the protective measures involve using background checks, such as criminal screens conducted on airline ground crews such as baggage handlers and tow operators, to ensure that anyone inside a secure area does not pose a security risk. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Stolen Horizon Air plane ‘a serious breach,’ raises questions about airport security," 14 Aug. 2018 Flames threatened about 80 homes, prompting mandatory evacuations as ground crews and air-tanker helicopters worked to extinguish the flames. City News Service,, "Firefighters continue to douse hot spots left behind by Adobe Falls fire," 4 June 2018 On Saturday, May 26, grounds crews at an Illinois cemetery discovered that more than 150 headstones had been spray-painted with swastikas, BuzzFeed News reports. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Over 150 Headstones Were Spray-Painted With Swastikas at an Illinois Cemetery," 27 May 2018 Hundreds of military personnel at Whiteman—pilots and ground crews alike—had been training for years, and were not just ready but straining to go. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 Outside California Hall, next to the Free Speech Bikeway, a grounds crew was spreading cedar mulch on the flower beds. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "How Social-Media Trolls Turned U.C. Berkeley Into a Free-Speech Circus," 23 May 2016 The airplanes had been fawned over for days by ground crews, but in fine aeronautical tradition the responsibility for their condition lay ultimately with the pilots. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 Wearing a white number 8 baseball jersey with a red C stitched on the front, Ovechkin rounds a corner in the bowels of Nationals Park, greeted by rousing applause from the stadium’s grounds crew. Alex Prewitt,, "The Great Wait Is Finally Over: After 13 Seasons, Alex Ovechkin Is a Stanley Cup Champion," 11 June 2018 First pitch had to be delayed about 10minutes on Wednesday as the grounds crew worked on the Globe Life Park pitching mound. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Rangers reaction: Adrian Beltre's root canal, Tony Barnette's lat strain and more," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of ground crew

1934, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ground crew

: a group of people at an airport who take care of and repair aircraft

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