By William Thornton |

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined an American Airlines subsidiary after a ground crew worker was “ingested” into a plane engine on New Year’s Eve at Montgomery Regional Airport.

According to OSHA records, Piedmont Airlines was fined $15,625 for a safety breach that led to the death of passenger service agent Courtney Edwards.

Edwards, 34, a mother of three, died on Dec. 31, 2022 after investigators said she was “ingested into the engine” of an American Airlines flight parked at the airport.

According to the Dallas Morning News, a January National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report stated the crew held a safety briefing before the accident where employees were told the airplane should not be approached until the engine was shut off and a beacon light was turned off.

A statement from the Communication Workers of America stated that OSHA found a lack of effective training, clear and unambiguous communication on the ramp, and clear instructions from supervisors.

The union praised members for speaking to OSHA inspectors during the investigation.