An American Airlines employee died on Thursday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) after being injured when a vehicle crashed into the jet bridge – an extended corridor connecting the plane and the terminal gate – according to the home. responsibility.
Around 2 p.m. on April 20, Austin Police Department (APD) officers responded to reports of an accident at the airport, according to Corporal Destiny Silva from the APD public information office.
The employee, who has only been identified as an adult male, was operating a ground service vehicle when it crashed into a jet bridge at the airport’s apron.
The apron floor is where aircraft park, unload or load, refuel, board or maintain.
Upon arrival, authorities noted “obvious signs of trauma” on the man’s body, according to Cpl Silva.
“Unfortunately, the man passed away from his injuries at the scene and is presumed dead,” Ms Silva said Press Conference.
In a statement given to independence, American Airlines said: “We are deeply saddened by the accident involving a team member at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and Our local team members are focused on ensuring that everyone involved gets the support they need during this difficult time.”
The crash is currently being investigated by the APD.
Earlier this year, a ground worker at Montgomery Regional Airport, Alabama died after being sucked into a jet engine. Preliminary report of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that safety protocols were not followed properly in the employee’s death.