Airport Worker Dies in San Antonio After Being Sucked Into Delta Jet Engine

by Anthony Losanno
Delta A319

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A ground worker was killed after being sucked into a jet engine on Friday night at San Antonio International Airport (SAT). Emergency crews were on the tarmac around 10:30 PM after an employee was sucked into the engine of an Airbus A319. Delta Air Lines flight DL1111 had just arrived from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) when the incident occurred.

This is the second time in recent months that an employee has been “ingested” by an airplane engine. The first occurred in late December when a Piedmont Air (a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines) plane’s engine caused the horrific death of an employee at Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM). More details here. Piedmont Air was fined $15,000 (plus additional fines levied) by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after it ruled that the victim had improper safety training.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating both incidents and released this statement about the latest one:

Delta Flight 1111 was taxying to the gate, with one engine on at that time, and a worker was ingested into that engine at 10:25 PM. The NTSB has been in contact with Delta. They are in the information gathering process at this point.”

San Antonio Emergency Crew

(Photo Credit: KENS5/YouTube.)

The New York Post is reporting that the unidentified worker in San Antonio was employed by Unifi Aviation. The company contracts workers to airlines for ground handling operations.

Delta Air Lines also released a statement:

We are heartbroken and grieving the loss of an aviation family member’s life in San Antonio. Our hearts and full support are with their family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Anthony’s Take: This is another sad situation. My condolences to the employee’s family and friends. It will be interesting to see if fines similar to the other incident are issued and if additional training will roll out to employees everywhere.

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1 comment

Billy Bob June 25, 2023 - 5:14 am

Delta plane: “What’s for dessert?”


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