KENNER, Louisiana — A contract baggage handler unloading a Frontier flight has died after her hair got caught in the belt loader.
The incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans when the woman who was employed by GAT Airline Ground Support, which has a contract with Frontier, was working to unload an incoming plane after its landing when his hair managed to get caught in the tape feeder.
ABC News New Orleans affiliate WGNO said later Wednesday night the employer identified the woman as 26-year-old Jermani Thompson.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear, but GAT CEO Mike Hough confirmed to ABC News in a statement that the victim was seriously injured and died as a result of the incident.
“What we know so far is that her hair got tangled with the tape loader machines,” Hough said. “We are heartbroken and support his family and friends as best we can.”
WGNO obtained a statement from Kevin Dolliole, director of aviation for Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, regarding the incident.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a member of the GAT Airline ground handling team,” Dolloile said. “Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport sends its sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to our partners at GAT and Fontier Airlines. [The victim] was part of our Airport family, and we will continue to support each other in any way we can during this difficult time.”
Hough asked people to send their best wishes to the victim’s family as well as everyone else at their New Orleans station following the crash.
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