An American Airlines ground crew member has died after being “ingested into the engine” of a plane in Alabama, National Transportation Safety Board officials said.
The accident happened at Montgomery Regional Airport while the plane’s engine was running. The employee worked for worker Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of the American Airlines Group.
“We are saddened to hear about the tragic loss of a team member of the AA/Piedmont Airlines,” said Wade Davis, the airport’s executive director. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Worker Dies After Being Sucked into Jet Engine
American Airlines also released a statement, via Metro.
‘We are focused on ensuring all involved have the support they need during this difficult time,” the statement read.
Apparently, the ground crew worker was near a plane that had recently landed at the airport from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board told TODAY.
“The incident happened at about 2:20 p.m. on an airport ramp near an American Airlines Embraer E175, TODAY reported.
An investigation into the accident is being conducted by the NTSB. A preliminary report is expected released within a few weeks.