American Airlines Ground Worker Killed, ‘Ingested Into the Engine’ of Aircraft, NTSB Says – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

An American Airlines employee was killed on Saturday after being “ingested into the engine” of a plane parked at Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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

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

Wade Davis, airport executive director, said in a statement on Sunday they were “saddened to learn of the tragic loss of an AA/Piedmont Airlines team member” and that “our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

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

Flight 3408 was scheduled to depart Montgomery for DFW around 3 p.m. Saturday. The airport ceased operations after the crash but resumed service around 8.30pm on Saturday.

FAA and NTSB investigations are ongoing.

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