American Airlines ground worker killed picked up in engine of

American Airlines ground worker killed ‘picked up in engine’ of plane, says NTSB

An American Airlines employee was killed Saturday after penetrating the engine of a plane parked at Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

According to WSFA-TV, an Envoy/American Eagle Embraer 170-200 LR was parked at a gate with the parking brake on when a ground worker was somehow pulled into one of the plane’s engines, according to the NTSB.

KRLD Radio reported that the ground worker was a baggage handler, although the airline has yet to issue an official statement about the incident or identify the employee.

Airport executive director Wade Davis said in a statement Sunday they were “sad to hear of the tragic loss of a team member at AA/Piedmont Airlines” and that “our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.” “

Further details about the accident are not yet available, and the NTSB said a preliminary accident report should be released within the next two to three weeks.

Flight 3408 was scheduled to depart Montgomery for DFW around 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The airport suspended operations after the accident, but resumed operations around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The FAA and NTSB investigations are ongoing.