USA: A baggage handler dies after being sucked into the jet engine of a plane

An earth worker was fatally injured after being hit by the engine of a parked jetliner. An investigation has been initiated.

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A fatal accident occurred on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama, USA (photo illustration).
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UA ground worker at Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama died after being sucked into the engine of a plane parked at the gate, according to CNN. The baggage handler was on the ramp at the airport where American Airlines Flight 3408 was parked when the incident occurred around 2:20 p.m. Dec. 31, according to a statement from the Federal Health Administration. aviation (FFA). The plane, an Embraer 170, had the “parking brake on” at the time of the crash, the FFA said.

An American Airlines spokesman said in a statement that the company was “devastated by this accident.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and members of our local team,” the statement said. “We are focused on ensuring that everyone involved has the support they need during this difficult time. The FFA and the US National Transportation Safety Board announced that they have opened an investigation to better understand the exact circumstances of this accident. The victim is employed by Piedmont Airlines, a local subsidiary of American Airlines.

The canceled flight

The flight originated from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and was canceled, according to FlightAware, which tracks flights worldwide. The incident came a week after major winter storms caused the cancellation of thousands of flights across the United States. Almost 10,000 flights were canceled between Christmas Day and December 28.

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