The Alabama airline employee who died after being sucked right into a airplane engine at Montgomery Regional Airport on New Year’s Eve is being remembered as a “loving mother” of 3 kids.
Courtney Edwards, 34, has been recognized because the ramp agent for Piedmont Airlines who the National Transportation Safety Board says used to be killed in a while after an Embraer 170 airplane operated by way of Envoy Air landed with 63 passengers on board.
“Courtney was a Ground Handling agent for Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, a loving mother of 3 kids and a wonderful daughter to her beloved mother, Natalie English of Montgomery, Alabama,” a GoFundMe web page arrange by way of a fellow union member says. “Please know that this tragedy has and will affect her mother, family, friends and kids for years to come.”
As of Wednesday, the GoFundMe marketing campaign has raised greater than $100,000 for Edwards’ “3 beautiful kids to help cover funeral expenses, day-to-day expenses and any other expenses needed to care for the children.”
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The Communication Workers of America Local 3645 stated in early January that Edwards used to be considered one of its individuals.
“The news of this terrible tragedy was heartbreaking,” stated Richard Honeycutt, vp of CWA District 3 and chair of CWA’s Passenger Service Airline Council, in a commentary.
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“She was away from her family working on New Year’s Eve making sure passengers got to where they needed to be for the holidays. She represents the very best of our CWA airport members, who constantly make sacrifices to serve the flying public,” he added. “Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of her fellow CWA members and those closest to her.”
A file from the NTSB this week stated the airplane concerned within the incident “shook violently” and close off with a “bang” when it came about.
The initial file states the airplane had an inoperative auxiliary energy unit and that its captain signaled for it to be attached to flooring energy after coming back from Dallas, opting to “leave both engines running for the required two-minute engine cool down period.”
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As the captain used to be shutting off the airplane’s proper engine, he gained a message that the airplane’s entrance shipment door had opened and “the first officer opened his cockpit window to inform the ramp agent that the engines were still operating,” the file says.
The NTSB discovered that the captain then instructed passengers to stay seated till the seat belt signal grew to become off and stated to his colleague that the aircraft’s left engine could be close down after it used to be attached to flooring energy.
“Immediately thereafter, he saw a warning light illuminate and the airplane shook violently followed by the immediate automatic shutdown of the number 1 [left] engine,” the file says.
The NTSB, bringing up surveillance video, stated Edwards used to be noticed “walking along the leading edge of the left wing and directly in front of the number one engine” earlier than she used to be “subsequently pulled off her feet and into the operating engine.”
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The file stated simply previous to the airplane’s arrival, the ramp brokers held two protection briefings “to reiterate that the engines would remain running until ground power was connected.”
One of the ramp brokers reported listening to a “bang” because the engine close down, the NTSB additionally stated.