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A ground crew worker died after being ‘ingested into the engine’ of a plane in Alabama, authorities say

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  • An airline employee was “swallowed” by a plane’s engine on Saturday, according to the NTSB.

  • American Airlines has confirmed that one of its employees has died in an accident at the Montgomery Regional Airport.

  • According to Reuters, the worker died while one of the engines was running while the aircraft was parked.

An airline ground crew member died Saturday after being “swallowed by the engine” of a plane in Alabama, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

A worker was “swallowed” by the aircraft’s engine while an American Airlines Embraer 170 was parked at the gate with the parking brake applied at the Montgomery Regional Airport, the NTSB said in a statement to Insider on Sunday. Stated.

The agency said it had launched an investigation into the accident. “A preliminary report is expected in two to three weeks,” the statement read.

Montgomery Regional Airport said Saturday that a fatal industrial accident occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday after a worker was employed by Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines Group.

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

American Airlines confirmed the death of an employee in Piedmont in a statement to insiders, saying it was “devastated by the accident.”

“We are focused on ensuring that everyone involved has the support they need during this difficult time,” the statement said.

Citing two people briefed on the initial findings, Reuters reported that the man died while one of the plane’s engines was running.

January 2, 2023: This article has been updated to reflect comments from the National Transportation Safety Board.

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