Aircraft turbine kills American Airlines Employee in Alabama

An American Airlines employee died in Alabama after being sucked into the turbine of an aircraft at Montgomery Regional Airport. The plane that claimed the life of this worker was an Embraber E175, corresponding to flight AA 3408, which had just landed from Dallas.

Because of this incident, the airport was closed for five hours.

The company did not want to reveal the identity of the deceased, but he was a member of the ground staff of Piedmont, the subsidiary company of American Airlines. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has confirmed the death, as has the airline.

American Airlines said the man was involved in “a fatality”.

American Airlines regrets what happened

The man and the rest of his crew were handling luggage when he was sucked into one of the plane’s engines.

“We are focused on ensuring that everyone involved has the support they need during this difficult time,” the airline said.

A spokesman for Montgomery Airport, Wade A. Davis also had the chance to speak to local media.

“We are very saddened to learn of this tragic loss. Our thoughts are with the family,” he added.

However, police are still investigating the incident to find out how the man could have been sucked into the turbine.

The plane is an Embraer E175 model and has made more than 1,600 trips without incident to date.