An Envoy Air Embraer E175 was still at the gate of Montgomery Regional Airport on New Year’s Eve morning. The left engine was already running. But flight AA3374 from American Airlines to Dallas did not take place. Because there was a tragic accident just before the pushback.

A ground worker at the airport in the state of Alabama, who was responsible for loading the machine with the registration number N264NN, got too close to the running engine and was sucked in.

He died from his injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.

Montgomery Airport had to close for a few hours after the accident. American Airlines said in a statement that it was shocked by the accident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and our local team members. We are focused on ensuring everyone involved has the support they need during this difficult time.”

This article was written by Laura Frommberg

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The original of this article “Airport employee is sucked into the engine – and dies as a result” comes from aeroTelegraph.