Alabama airline worker sucked into engine with ‘bang,’ plane filled with passengers shook violently: NTSB. American Airlines subsidiary ground crew worker killed at Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama.
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) review of a New Year’s Eve incident, in which a ground crew worker was killed at an airport in Montgomery, Alabama, after being sucked into the engine of a plane, says the aircraft “shook violently” as it shut off with a “bang.”
The death involving a ramp agent for Piedmont Airlines – a subsidiary of American Airlines Group – happened at Montgomery Regional Airport shortly after an Embraer 170 plane operated by Envoy Air landed with 63 passengers on board, the NTSB said.
The ramp agent has since been identified as Courtney Edwards, 34, a mother of three.
The preliminary report states the aircraft had an inoperative auxiliary power unit and that its captain signaled for it to be connected to ground power after arriving from Dallas, opting to “leave both engines running for the required two-minute engine cool down period.
As the captain was shutting off the plane’s right engine, he received a message that the aircraft’s front cargo door had opened and “the first officer opened his cockpit window to inform the ramp agent that the engines were still operating,” the report says.