A airport worker on Monday died after being sucked into a passenger jet engine in Texas.

According to officials, the worker was “ingested” into the engine of a Delta airline while it was taxiing to its gate with one engine running.

The occurrence was unrelated to safety standards, according to the worker’s bosses, although how it occurred is still unknown.

A government organization is also conducting a probe.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, it had spoken with Delta Air Lines and was still “in the information gathering process.”

The Airbus A319 aircraft touched down in San Antonio on Friday night after departing from Los Angeles International Airport.

Officials have not yet named the employee of Unifi Aviation, which Delta Air Lines contracts for ground crew operations,

“From our initial investigation, this incident was unrelated to Unifi’s operational processes, safety procedures and policies,” the company said.

A Delta spokesperson said the airline was “heartbroken” to grieve the loss of an “aviation family member’s life”.

“Our hearts and full support are with their family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”

The airline also told local broadcaster KENS 5 that it was working with authorities “as they begin their investigation”.

On Wednesday, regional airline Piedmont was fined $15,625 (£12,285) by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the death of a ground crew worker six-months earlier in a similar incident in Alabama.

“Proper training and enforcement of safety procedures could have prevented this tragedy,” OSHA said.

By gvoice

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