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7:45 a.m. ET: The worker who was sucked into the Delta plane's jet engine died by suicide, the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office told CNN.
A ground crew member was killed at San Antonio International Airport Friday after being "ingested" into a Delta Air Lines jet engine, KENS5 reported.
"On Friday, June 23, Delta Flight 1111 had arrived at San Antonio International Airport from Los Angeles and was taxiing to the gate on one engine when a worker was ingested into that engine at about 10:25 p.m.," the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement to TheBlaze.
"The NTSB is continuing to gather information about the event," the statement concluded.
The individual who was killed was employed by Unifi Aviation, a company with which Delta contracts to support ground handling operations, a Delta spokesperson told TheBlaze in a statement.
"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," UA wrote in a statement to TheBlaze.
UA's statement to TheBlaze included condolences to the family of the deceased. They said that out of respect for the deceased, they would not be sharing additional information.
UA emphasized their commitment to focus on "supporting our employees on the ground and ensuring they are being taken care of during this time."
The company said in its official statement that it will be deferring to the police and other officials as an investigation into the incident gets underway.
"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 Delta spokesperson also said, adding that the company is fully supporting ongoing investigations.
Watch coverage from KENS5 below of a ground crew member's death at San Antonio International Airport after he or she was sucked into a jet engine of Delta Air Lines Flight 1111.
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