USA. The plane’s engine sucked in an airport worker. The man is dead
A working plane engine dragged a man into the Montgomery airport in the US state of Alabama. The victim was an airline employee.
The tragic accident happened on Saturday, December 31. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a statement that an employee at Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama was “sucked into the running engine” of the plane. The man was a member of the tarmac baggage handling crew. The NTSB launched an investigation into the matter.
The man was an employee of American Airlines
Montgomery Airport said in a statement that the accident happened around 3 p.m. Saturday. The deceased man worked for regional airline Piedmont Airlines, which operates flights for American Airlines. The tragedy was classified as an “accident at work”. The Insider portal specifies that the incident occurred with the Embraer 170 passenger plane, which was standing on the tarmac with the brakes applied. According to Reuters, however, the aircraft was an Embraer E175 and had served Flight 3408 from Dallas prior to the incident.
“We are sorry for the tragic loss of an AA/Piedmont Airline crew member,” Airport Executive Director Wade Davis said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the (deceased – ed.) family at this difficult time,” he added. American Airlines said it was “devastated” by the incident.
Immediately after the accident, all arrivals and departures at the airport were suspended. Normal operation was resumed around 8:30 p.m. that same day. The NTSB expects the first results of its investigation in about two to three weeks.
CBS News, Insider, Reuters
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