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January 25, 2023, posted at 6:45 p.m. ET

An inquest into the tragic death of an Alabama airport worker who died after being sucked into a jet engine found the worker had been warned to keep clear of the plane. www.radaronline.com have learned.

Courtney Edwards34, has been identified as the mother of three who was killed December 31 while working as a ground handler at Montgomery Regional Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its findings from an investigation into Edward’s death.

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The 34-year-old mother was working for Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, when she died on the job.

The investigation report included a colleague’s detailed account of the accident, who sadly watched the event unfold.

The colleague claimed in the report that exhaust fumes from a nearby Embraer E175 jet almost knocked Edwards to the ground. The clerk recalled that before her death, she had warned Edwards to move away from the plane’s engines before they shut down completely.

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During the same period, another colleague, positioned on the other side of the jet, reportedly walked away from the plane after the pilot leaned out the window and yelled that the engines were still on.

Unfortunately, Edwards walked in front of the plane’s engines just moments later.

The report said the woman, while wearing orange safety cones, was “snatched from her feet and dragged into the running engine.”

The jet’s co-pilot recalled that after Edwards was lifted off the ground, the “plane shook violently followed by the immediate automatic shutdown.”

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The jet flew from Dallas to Montgomery and had 59 passengers plus four crew members on board.

According to the report, the jet’s auxiliary power unit, which serves as a booster boost to replace the engines, was not working at the time of the fatal accident.

Due to the inoperable auxiliary unit, the pilots agreed to run the jet’s engines for a two-minute cool-down period while the plane waited to be connected to ground power.

In the report, further detailed safety warnings were given to the crew prior to Edward’s death.

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According to the New York Post, Montgomery Airport ground crew conducted a safety briefing 10 minutes before the plane landed, and an additional safety briefing was held just before the plane reached the gate.

The successive meetings were allegedly held “to reiterate that the engines would keep running” when the crew was on the ground.

The crew were also reportedly informed that the aircraft’s beacons would be on to signal that the engines were running, which the report said was as planned on arrival.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Edward’s family and has raised more than $100,000 in donations to date.

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