Man Dies After Climbing Into the Engine of a Delta Plane in Salt Lake City

by Anthony Losanno
Delta A220

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Tragedy struck Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) yesterday when a 30-year-old man breached a security door and climbed into the engine of a Delta Air Lines A220-100. The aircraft was scheduled to fly as flight DL2348 to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and was cancelled after this incident.

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Fox 13 is reporting that police were called around 9:52 PM when a store manager saw a man open an emergency exit on the secure side of the airport. The alarm did not sound and police are investigating why it was not triggered. The police report states that the man was found unconscious inside a “wing-mounted engine of an occupied commercial aircraft on the deicing pad” at 10:10 PM. Airport officials attempted to resuscitate the man, but were unsuccessful.

Nancy Volmer, Salt Lake City International Airport’s Communications Director, said:

The individual ran to the south end of the airport’s west runway where deicing operations were underway and crawled into an aircraft engine that was not running. The plane was en route from SLC to (San Francisco).”

Local and federal officials including the Salt Lake City Police Department, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are working to figure out how this all unfolded and what motive the man had for climbing into the engine. No other details have been released.

Anthony’s Take: No word as to why the man climbed inside, but it’s a sad situation. Hopefully, officials will be able to find some answers as to why the door alarm did not sound and what happened here.

(Featured Image Credit: Delta Air Lines.)

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