Wed, Jun 18, 2008
Ingested Into A320 Turbofan
An aircraft mechanic working on the engine of an Airbus A320 in
the Canary Islands died when he was ingested into the turbofan
during a run-up exercise Monday night.
News Canarias reports the mechanic, whose name has not been
released pending notification of next of kin, died moments after
being drawn into the airliner's engine.
The aircraft, operated by Spanish charter carrier LTE
International Airways, was about to depart from Tenerife South
Airport for Warsaw, Poland when the accident occurred.
The airliner was grounded following the accident, and
arrangements were made to transport passengers on another plane.
Police are investigating the accident, though foul play is not
Such incidents, though rare, aren't unprecedented. As ANN reported in January
2006, a contract mechanic for Continental Airlines was
ingested into the engine of a Boeing 737 during a run-up test at a
gate at El Paso (TX) International Airport.
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