Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Mechanic sucked into jet engine

`A mechanic standing near a Boeing 737 at El Paso International Airport in Texas was sucked into one of the engines and killed Monday, officials said. [..]

[The CEO of Continental Airlines] said the incident occurred during a maintenance check in preparation for the plane’s departure.

A spokeswoman for Boeing said Monday’s incident is not the first such accident. “It doesn’t happen very often,” spokeswoman Liz Verdier said. “It has happened in the past.”

Either way, she said, the responsibility lies with Continental: “The airlines are responsible for their safety procedures.”‘

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