NTSB describes fatal accident involving groundworker at airport

WASHINGTON (AP) — An employee who saw an Alabama airport employee nearly knocked over by the exhaust fumes of a jet plane tried to warn her to stay behind, but moments later the employee walked in front of one of the engines and was pulled in, killing him. her on Dec. 31, federal investigators said Monday.

Another naval worker on the other side of the plane had backed off after a pilot leaned out the window and said the engines were still running.

During the incident, flashing lights on the plane appeared to be lit to warn that the engines were still running, investigators said.

The National Transportation Safety Board has provided new details about the fatal accident involving an American Eagle jet in a preliminary report that was based on video surveillance and witness testimony. The board has not named a probable cause for the incident — that move usually follows an investigation that could take a year or more.

The flight from Dallas to Montgomery Regional Airport carrying 63 passengers and crew was operated by Envoy Air, a subsidiary of American Airlines.

An auxiliary power unit used to power the plane without using the engines failed, according to the Security Council, and pilots decided to run both engines for two minutes while they waited for the plane to launch. connected to ground power.

The NTSB said ground crews crouched shortly before the Embraer jet arrived at the gate to note that the engines would continue to run until the plane was connected to ground power and that the plane should not be approached until the engines were turned off and the pilots were disabled. the beacon light.

The board also noted that an American Eagle manual revised in July warns workers never to come within 15 feet of the front of an engine — an area called the “shooting zone” — until the engine’s blades stop to twist.

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