Federal safety authorities are cautioning airlines to make sure that employees remain a safe distance from jet engines until they are turned off in light of recent events, at least one of which was fatal.
In order to prevent workers from suffering injuries when pulling planes or directing them to and from terminal gates, the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Friday that it has issued a safety alert.
The FAA recommended that airlines assess their safety policies to ensure that they adhere to procedures such as keeping personnel away from aircraft until they have been brought to a complete stop and their wheels have been chocked.
The „multiple events”, in which personnel were hurt or killed while engaging in ground operations at airports, served as the impetus for the warning.
Two incidences were mentioned in the FAA notice, one of which resulted in the death of a ramp worker, who was dragged into the engine of an American Eagle aircraft that was parked at a gate at the Montgomery, Alabama, airport.
The employer, Piedmont Airlines, an American Airlines affiliate, has been recommended for $15,625 in fines by the Labor Department. Piedmont is fighting the penalty. In the second incident, a tow truck driver struck a worker, who was removing landing gear safety pins with a wing while transporting the aircraft.
The worker was struck by the wheels of the aircraft.