Airport worker sucked into jet engine and killed in Montgomery, Alabama : NPR

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An airline worker died Saturday after being “swallowed” in the engine of American Airlines Embraer planes, like those seen here at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas in June of 2021.

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An airline worker died Saturday after being “swallowed” in the engine of American Airlines Embraer planes, like those seen here at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas in June of 2021.

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An airline ground crew worker in Alabama died after being “swallowed in the engine” of a parked plane on Saturday, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

In a statement given to NPR, the NTSB said it has opened an investigation into the death. The accident involved an Embraer 170, a medium-range jet that can hold about 70 passengers, which was flown from Dallas Fort-Worth to Montgomery Regional Airport.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was employed by Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines which operates in more than 80 airports. Neither company responded to NPR’s request for comment.

“We are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of an AA/Piedmont Airlines team member,” said Wade A. Davis, the airport’s executive director. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.”

The airport stopped all flights on the ground for five hours after the incident, which happened around 3 pm on New Year’s Eve.

People informed about the matter told Reuters that the engine was running at the time of the accident. The NTSB confirmed that the parking brake on the plane was also set.

More details about the death will be released in a preliminary report in two to three weeks, the NTSB said.

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