Airline worker dies of injuries suffered at Texas airport

An American Airlines worker has died in Austin, Texas, after being pulled into an airplane's engine.

AUSTIN (Texas) - According to airport officials, an American Airlines employee died on Thursday following an injury at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

An airport spokesperson confirmed that the worker was injured near the planes pulling up to the terminal.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services reported that it received a call shortly after 2 pm and found the person dead. The cause of death was 'traumatic injury'.

A spokesperson for American Airlines said, "We are devastated by this accident that involved a member of our team at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport." Our thoughts and prayers go out to the local team and their family.

American refused to comment any further. Name, sex and injury details of the worker were not immediately known.

It can be dangerous to work around aircraft.

A baggage handler from American subsidiary Piedmont Airlines, Montgomery, Alabama, was killed in December when she walked into the blades of a jet engine while it was running.

A contractor's employee was killed in September last year after her hair became entangled on a conveyor belt while she was unloading baggage from a Frontier Airlines flight at the New Orleans Airport.

A bag-loading truck pinned an employee of United Airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2019. Later, he died in a hospital.

In 2020, a man was killed after he was struck by a Southwest Airlines jet at the Austin Airport. The incident was later determined to be a suicide by police, who also said that the man had not been authorized to be at the airport runway.