As the crisis of competence hits America with a vengeance, another airline employee has been killed in a tragic accident. This time the accident occurred at the San Antonio International Airport at about 10:30 pm on Friday the 23 of June.
There, an employee of Unifi Aviation, which airlines like Delta use for ground handling at airports, was sucked into a jet engine of a flight from Los Angeles that had just landed. The National Transportation Safety Board said in an initial statement on the matter that “Delta Flight 1111 was taxiing to the gate, with one engine on at that time, and a worker was ingested into that engine at 10:25 p.m. The NTSB has been in contact with Delta. They are in the information gathering process at this point.”
Delta Airlines released a similarly brief statement in which it expressed sympathy for the dead crew member’s family but didn’t share many details about the incident, saying, “We are heartbroken and grieving the loss of an aviation family member’s life in San Antonio. Our hearts and full support are with their family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”
The San Antonio International Airport also released a very similar statement in which it gave few details other than saying it was “deeply saddened” by what happened, saying, “An accident occurred on the ground at San Antonio International Airport (SAT) tonight that resulted in the fatality of an airline ground crew member. We are deeply saddened by this incident and are working with authorities as they begin their investigation. We will share more information as details become available.”
Unifi Aviation, the ground contracting company, also released a statement in which it included few details other than to say that its safety policies were not what led to the unfortunate accident, indicating that something else had happened.
It began that statement with a paragraph similar to what Delta and the San Antonio International Airport wrote, saying when the incident occurred and expressing sympathy for the family members of the deceased employee.
“Unifi Aviation is deeply saddened by the loss of our employee at San Antonio International Airport during a tragic incident in the late hours of Friday, June 23, 2023. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased, and we remain focused on supporting our employees on the ground and ensuring they are being taken care of during this time,” Unifi Aviation wrote.
Continuing, the statement claimed that the initial investigation of the horrific incident indicated that its safety policies and operational process was not the problem that led to the accident. However, it provided no other details about what might have gone wrong and why.
In that part of the statement, it said, “From our initial investigation, this incident was unrelated to Unifi’s operational processes, safety procedures and policies. Out of respect for the deceased, we will not be sharing any additional information. While police and other officials continue to investigate this incident, we defer to them on providing further details.”
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