American Airlines Worker Reportedly Killed After Being Sucked Into Engine

An employee of American Airlines wholly-owned regional carrier Piedmont Airlines was sucked into the engine of an American-owned Envoy Air Embraer 175 aircraft that had arrived in Montgomery, Alabama from Dallas – Fort Worth. The individual was a baggage handler.

🚨#UPDATE: American Airlines employee baggage-handler has been confirmed dead after fatally sucked into American Airlines jet engine at Montgomery Regional Airport pic.twitter.com/VF38R3diTg

— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) January 1, 2023

The aircraft, registration N264NN, was scheduled to operate American Airlines AA3408 from Montgomery back to Dallas at 3.46 pm on December 31. The flight was cancelled, and indeed all airport operations were paused.

Today around 3 pm an American Airlines ground crew piedmont employee was involved in a fatality, no additional information is available at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased.

— Montgomery Regional Airport (@flymgm) January 1, 2023

According to American Airlines
We are devastated by the accident involving a team member of Piedmont Airlines, an American Airlines regional carrier, at Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM). Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and our local team members. We are focused on ensuring that all involved have the support they need during this difficult time.

Speculation exists at this point about what might have caused the incident, “Most likely one of two things: Employee approached the aircraft engine while the engine was running or thrust was inadvertently applied to the engine while it was parked.”

Aviation is usually so safe – not just in the air but on the ground as well. There are procedures, strictly adhered to, that take potentially dangerous machines and keep them well-controlled. The incident is shocking in part because it is so rare. And it’s a tragedy for the employee, their family, colleagues and friends.

(HT: @RossFeinstein)

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