Space shuttle worker falls to death at NASA launch pad on Florida’s Space Coast

03/16/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Cocoa Beach, FL—While crews were preparing for the final flight of space shuttle Endeavour, a space shuttle contractor worker fell to his death. The work-related accident occurred Monday morning, March 14, 2011 on the launch pad, reported CNN.

According to NASA officials, James Vanover’s body was found on another level of Launch Pad 39A at the space hub in northeast Florida. It is unknown what caused him to fall.

Vanover was employed by United Space Alliance, the prime contractor for the U.S. space shuttle program.

“He fell at the pad, and NASA emergency medical personnel responded but were unable to revive him,” said Kennedy Space Center spokeswoman Candrea Thomas.

United Space Alliance reported that Vanover was a swing-arm engineer, who worked on the gaseous oxygen vent hood as well as the orbiter access arm.

The fatal work-related accident is under investigation.

Endeavour is scheduled to take off on its final mission April 19.

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