Airport Employee Sucked Into Jet Engine Was Warned to Stand Again

An American Eagle Embraer 170, similar to the aircraft involved in the incident.

An American Eagle Embraer 170, just like the plane concerned within the incident.
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Final month, the Nationwide Transportation Security Board launched its preliminary report on a surprising incident that occurred at Alabama’s Montgomery Regional Airport. On New 12 months’s Eve, 2022, an Envoy Air employee was killed after being sucked into the jet engine of an Embraer 170. NTSB investigators have now laid out the sequence of occasions that led to the accident.

The aircraft concerned within the deadly incident had landed after a flight from Dallas-Fort Price to Montgomery. Whereas the American Eagle flight was uneventful, the Embraer’s auxiliary energy unit (APU) was inoperative throughout the flight. The APU powers all the plane’s non-propulsion tools, together with electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic programs. Because of this, the pilots elected to go away the small airliner’s jet engines working till the aircraft was linked to floor energy.

Reportedly, the bottom crew was briefed twice that the aircraft’s jet engines could be working whereas the aircraft was parked. The primary officer on the flight even reminded the ramp brokers about this by the cockpit window. The NTSB report states:

“The bottom crew reported {that a} security briefing was held about 10 minutes earlier than the airplane arrived on the gate. A second security “huddle” was held shortly earlier than the airplane arrived on the gate, to reiterate that the engines would stay working till floor energy was linked. It was additionally mentioned that the airplane shouldn’t be approached, and the diamond of security cones shouldn’t be set till the engines had been off, spooled down, and the airplane’s rotating beacon gentle had been extinguished by the flight crew.”

In accordance with the NTSB, regardless of these a number of warnings, video surveillance footage from the airport exhibits the unnamed ramp agent strolling across the Embraer airplane and stepping in entrance of the number-one jet engine whereas it was nonetheless working. The footage exhibits the agent being pulled off their toes and into the turbine. The pilots felt the aircraft shake violently, and engine primary robotically shut down.

In accordance with different staff on the scene, the ramp agent had already been pushed over as soon as by the engine’s exhaust and warned to remain away from the engines earlier than the deadly incident occurred.

The report notes that the American Eagle worker guide specifies “the ingestion zone for all plane varieties is 15 toes,” and that personnel shouldn’t enter the ingestion zone till an plane’s engine or engines have totally spooled down and are available to a cease.

The NTSB’s findings are preliminary, and extra data might come to gentle because the investigation continues.

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