An airport worker in the US state of Alabama died after being ‘ingested’ in the plane’s engine.

The crash happened at Montgomery Regional Airport around 3 p.m. Saturday as American Airlines Flight 3408 arrived from Dallas.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the ground crew worker “entered the engine” of the plane while it was parked at the gate, CBS News reported.

The worker — who was an employee of Piedmont Airlines, a regional subsidiary of American Airlines — has not yet been named.

The Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB are investigating the incident.

An American Airlines spokesperson said: “We are devastated by the accident involving a team member from American Airlines’ regional carrier, Piedmont Airlines, at Montgomery Regional Airport.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and our local team members.

“We’re focused on making sure everyone involved gets the support they need during this difficult time.”

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