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Who was Courtney Edwards? American Airlines fined $15K

BY Anas Shah Jun 17, 2023. 09:42 pm UPDATED: Jun 17, 2023. 09:42 pm

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Federal safety authorities imposed a $15,625 fine on a small American Airlines subsidiary over the death of a ground service member who was pulled into an airplane’s engine at an Alabama airport on New Year’s Eve.

Due to a safety lapse that resulted in the death of Courtney Edwards, a mother of three, at Montgomery Regional Airport on December 31, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration fined Piedmont Airlines.

According to an NTSB investigation, Edwards, 34, “ingested into the engine” while “on the ramp at Montgomery Regional Airport where American Airlines Flight 3408, an Embraer E175, was parked.”

The Montgomery airport’s ground staff conducted two safety briefings 10 minutes before to the arrival of the plane, which transported passengers to and from Dallas-Fort Worth.

According to the NTSB report, which was published by the Dallas Morning News, workers were instructed not to approach the aircraft until the engine was turned down and a beacon light was turned off.

Just as the right engine was about to be shut down after the plane landed in Montgomery, the pilot received a notification that the front cargo door was being opened.

Courtney Edwards

According to the NTSB investigation, surveillance video showed Edwards heading toward the back of the aircraft while holding an orange safety cone.

In the footage, Edwards is no longer visible. According to the article, the catastrophe happened a short while later.

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The co-pilot stated that the “airplane shook violently followed by the immediate automatic shutdown.”

OSHA, Piedmont Airlines, and American Airlines have been contacted by The Post for comments.

To assist the three children of Edwards, a GoFundMe was started. It raised more than $114,000 as of Friday, exceeding its intended goal of $25,000 by more than four times.

“Courtney was a Ground Handling agent for Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, a loving mother of 3 kids and a wonderful daughter to her beloved mother, Natalie English of Montgomery, Alabama,” according to the GoFundMe page.

“Please know that this tragedy has and will affect her mother, family, friends and kids for years to come.”

Shortly after the incident, American Airlines released a statement that read: “We are devastated by the accident involving a team member of Piedmont Airlines, an American Airlines regional carrier, at Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM).”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and our local team members.”

“We are focused on ensuring that all involved have the support they need during this difficult time,” the company said.

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According to a statement from Edwards’ union, the Communication Workers of America, OSHA determined that the airline was at fault for “lack of effective training, clear and unambiguous communication on the ramp, and clear instructions from supervisors as to when it is safe to approach an aircraft.”

 

 

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