A worker at the Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama died Saturday in an incident on the ramp, the Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday.
Montgomery Regional Airport said in a statement that an American Airlines/Piedmont Airlines ground crew employee was “involved in a fatality” around 3 p.m.
“We are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of an AA/Piedmont Airlines team member,” said Wade A. Davis, the airport’s chief executive officer. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
American Airlines said in a statement that it was “devastated by the accident involving a team member,” adding: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and our local team members. We are focused on ensuring that everyone involved has the support they need during this difficult time.”
All inbound and outbound flights were grounded for more than four hours Saturday afternoon, but the airport said it returned to normal operations as of 8:30 p.m.
The victim was not named and the circumstances of the death were not immediately released. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
The flight, operated by regional carrier Envoy Air, was scheduled to leave Montgomery for Dallas-Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com.
CNN contacted Envoy Air for more information on Saturday.