An American Airlines/Piedmont Airlines ground crew employee died following an industrial accident at the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) in Alabama.
The incident reportedly occurred on Dec. 31 around 3 p.m. According to a statement from the NTSB, obtained by CBS News, the employee was "ingested into the engine" of a plane while it was parked at the gate.
“We are saddened to hear about the tragic loss of a team member of the AA/Piedmont Airlines," said Wade A. Davis, executive director of MGM. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
Piedmont Airlines is a regional carrier for American Airlines.
In a statement, American Airlines said it is "focused on ensuring that all involved have the support they need during this difficult time."
A federal investigation into the incident is reportedly being conducted.