Airline worker dies in crash on tarmac at Austin airport
AUSTIN, Texas - An airline worker has died on the tarmac at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, officials say.
The Austin Police Department says that at 2:02 p.m. April 20, officers responded to a crash incident at the airport.
AUS communications had contacted 911 to request emergency services at the apron level of the aircraft area. An airline employee had been operating a ground service vehicle that struck a jet bridge.
First responders arrived and found an adult male with obvious signs of trauma to his body. The man succumbed to his injuries on scene and was pronounced deceased.
APD's Vehicular Homicide Unit is investigating the crash as an accidental death.
APD did not identify the man killed or what airline he worked for, however American Airlines released a statement on the death, saying:
"We are devastated by the accident involving a team member at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). 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."
Austin-Bergstrom later released a statement via Twitter saying:
"This afternoon, AUS was notified that Austin-Travis County EMS responded to an injured airline employee. The incident occurred outside of the terminal where aircraft park at their gates. ATCEMS pronounced the employee deceased.
"There are no significant impacts to airport operations at this time. AUS staff are working closely with airline and emergency services personnel.
"Our thoughts are with this employee and all those impacted by today's tragic event."