Officials confirmed on Sunday that a ground worker at an airport in Alabama was killed when he was “ingested into the engine” of an American Airlines jetliner that was parked at the gate. The freak accident happened over the weekend.
The National Transportation Safety Board said that Around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, the ground worker was sucked into the Embraer 170’s engine at Montgomery Regional Airport, where it had its parking brake set.
Envoy Air, a subsidiary of American Airlines Group, operated the flight from Dallas.
According to the airport, the victim worked for Piedmont Airlines, which is another American regional subsidiary.
“We are saddened to hear about the tragic loss of a team member of the AA/Piedmont Airlines,” said the airport’s executive director, Wade Davis. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” he said.
American Airlines made a statement saying it was devastated by what happened. “We are focused on ensuring that all involved have the support they need during this difficult time,” said the company.