NTSB details deadly accident involving airport ground worker

WASHINGTON (AP) — A co-worker who noticed an Alabama airport worker practically knocked over by exhaust from a jet tried to warn her to remain again, however moments later the worker walked in entrance of one of many engines and was pulled in, killing her on Dec. 31, federal investigators mentioned Monday.

One other floor employee on the opposite aspect of the airplane had backed away after a pilot leaned out the window and mentioned the engines had been nonetheless operating.

All through the incident, rotating beacons on the airplane gave the impression to be illuminated, warning that engines had been nonetheless operating, investigators mentioned.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board supplied new particulars concerning the deadly accident involving an American Eagle jet in a preliminary report that relied on video surveillance and witness accounts. The board didn’t state a possible trigger for the incident — that step often follows an investigation that may take a yr or longer.

The flight from Dallas to Montgomery Regional Airport with 63 passengers and crew was operated by Envoy Air, an affiliate of American Airways.

An auxiliary energy unit used to energy the airplane with out utilizing the engines was not working, based on the protection board, and pilots determined to depart each engines operating for a two-minute engine cool-down interval whereas they waited to for the airplane to be linked to floor energy.

The NTSB mentioned the bottom crew huddled shortly earlier than the Embraer jet arrived on the gate to notice that engines would stay operating till the airplane was linked to floor energy, and the airplane should not be approached till the engines had been shut down and pilots turned off the beacon mild.

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The board additionally famous that an American Eagle handbook revised in July warns staff by no means to come back inside 15 toes of the entrance of an engine — an space referred to as the “ingestion zone” — till the engine’s blades cease spinning.