American Airlines employee killed at Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama
A worker was fatally injured on the ramp at Montgomery Regional Airport, Alabama, where an American Airlines regional carrier flight was parked, the Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident that occurred when American Airlines Flight 3408, an Embraer E175, was parked at the gate after arriving from Dallas. The FAA said the airport was closed after the incident.
Two people briefed on this said the initial investigation indicated that employee was killed in an accident involving one of the plane’s engines which was spinning.
The flight was operated by Envoy Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group.
The airport said a ground worker from Piedmont Airlines, another U.S. regional subsidiary, was killed but gave no details.
The American said in a statement he was devastated by the accident, which was confirmed to have involved an employee from Piedmont.
“We are working to ensure everyone involved has the support they need during this difficult time,” the airline said, declining further comment on the ongoing investigation.