Sun, May 20, 2007
Female Worker Later Dies At Hospital
An employee of Memphis, TN-based Pinnacle Airlines was involved
in an accident at Dayton International Airport (DAY) Wednesday that
later claimed her life.
The employee, identified Catrina Coffman, 21, of Harrison
Township, was injured after becoming entrapped in a baggage
elevator. The Montgomery Coroner's office said the cause of death
was asphyxiation and ruled it accidental.
Whether Coffman attempted to use an emergency-stop switch on the
lift was not yet known. The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration have launched an investigation, DAY spokeswoman
Sharon Sears said.
"Everything about the operation and the equipment will be
addressed by OSHA's investigation," Sears said.
"We are incredibly saddened by this tragic loss," said Philip
Trenary, Pinnacle Airlines president.
The small elevator is used to transport luggage to the ramp,
where it is loaded onto aircraft preparing for departure. It is
located in an area inaccessible to passengers, according to the
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