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American Airlines ground crew worker dies after being 'ingested into the engine' of plane at Alabama airport
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A ground crew worker at the Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama was killed over the weekend after being "ingested into the engine" of a plane that had recently landed from Texas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed in a statement provided to news outlets Monday.
The aircraft, which reportedly recently landed from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, was parked at the gate with its parking brake on "when a ground support personnel was ingested into the engine," the statement said. "The NTSB has opened an investigation into the accident."
In its initial statement Saturday, the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) said an "industrial accident" unfolded around 3 p.m. that day, killing a ground crew employee for Piedmont Airlines, which is a subsidiary of the American Airlines Group. The airport offered no additional information about the fatality at that time but tweeted, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased."
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NTSB, which is leading the investigation, said local authorities would release the name of the worker killed. The person has yet to be identified as of Tuesday morning.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is also assisting the probe, clocked the incident around 2:20 p.m. Saturday, saying it occurred on the airport ramp near an American Airlines Embraer E175.