Baggage handler dies after being sucked into jet engine

By Linsey McNeill
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An investigation has been launched into how a baggage handler allegedly got sucked into a plane’s engine.

The American Airlines/Piedmont Airlines’ employee died at the weekend.

The accident happened at Alabama’s Montgomery Regional Airport in the US, while the Embraer 170 jet was standing at the gate.

The deceased has been identified only as a baggage handler working for Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines.

In a statement, American Airlines said: “We are devastated by the accident involving a team member of Piedmont Airlines, an American Airlines regional carrier, at Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM).

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and our local team members. We are focused on ensuring that all involved have the support they need during this difficult time.”

All inbound and outbound flights were grounded for more than four hours following the accident.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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