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Airplane Mechanic Sucked Into Jet Engine, Killed at El Paso Airport
EL PASO, Texas â€” An airplane mechanic was killed Monday morning after he was sucked into a jet's engine while passengers were boarding from the tarmac, officials said.
"A mechanic walked in front of the engine and was pulled into the engine," National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Lauren Peduzzi said.
She said she didn't know if any passengers saw the accident as they boarded Continental Airlines flight 1515 to Houston. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the worker was sucked into the right engine of the 737-500....
"I bet the poor mechanic didn't know the engine was spooled up since he likely had ear protection on."
Even with ear protection on, you still know when the engine is on. It's more likely he got over-confident. Plus the engine might have gotten rev'd up without him being warned they were going to do that, which is possible since it seems they were working on it or were testing it. Since he was completely sucked up, my guess is he wasn't paying as much attention as he should have under the circumstances.