A tragedy took place on the runway of an Alabama airport in the United States. An employee was killed instantly after being ingested by the engine of a plane that was to leave for Dallas.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the US National Transportation Safety Board said they had opened an investigation. The accident occurred where the Embraer E175 of American Airlines flight 3408, operated by the regional company Envoy Air, was parked. The flight had been scheduled for departure to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. It was canceled after the tragedy.
The “worker was fatally injured on the runway at Montgomery Regional Airport where American Airlines Flight 3408, an Embraer E175, was parked,” the FAA said in a statement sent to American media AL.com. Authorities say the man was “ingested by the engine” of the plane while it was parked at the gate with the handbrake on. He died instantly. No other details were given.
A time stopped, the flights resumed at 8:30 p.m. the same day. American Airlines did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press requesting additional information. The name of this employee of Piedmont Airlines, a regional subsidiary of American Airlines, has not yet been released.
Time: c. 16:00 LT
Type: Embraer ERJ-175LR
Owner/operator: Envoy Air/American Airlines
Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location: Montgomery Regional Airport, AL (MGM/KMGM) – United States of America
Nature: Passenger – Scheduled
Departure airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW)
Destination airport: Montgomery Regional Airport, AL (MGM/KMGM)
A luggage handler was fatally sucked into the left engine of an Embraer ERJ-175LR at Montgomery Regional Airport, AL (MGM).
The aircraft had just arrived as flight AA3408 from Dallas (DFW) and was stationed at Gate 4, when the accident occurred.